THE AMERICAN PAVILION: ALWAYS A HIT IN CANNES
THIS year, the American Pavilion, is celebrating its twenty eighth year as the epicenter of American hospitality, at the Cannes International Film Festival. Helmed by founder Julie Sisk, the American Pavilion, “aims to be the premiere destination on the Croisette for festival goers to relax and catch up on work between screenings, or have a bite or a glass of wine on the sea-side terrace, or catch one of the many informative panels and talks,” she said. Ampav’s student program also continues this year with “young people from all over the world joining us for specialised programming and internships during the festival,” she adds. The Ampav program this year includes panels from filmmakers and stars of various films including Bright Lights, with Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Loving, One Week a Day, and Mean Dreams. The mainstay of the program, the Roger Ebert Conference Series, includes panel discussions and in-conversations with filmmakers, talent and top industry leaders. Topics covered include VR and Storytelling; Women In Film; The Music of Cannes; The State of Documentary Film; American Producers In Cannes; Short Film Financing, and Value, Talent, and International Casting. Ampav’s Queer Night, which has become the biggest and only gay dance party event tied to the Festival, is always a hit in Cannes. Luminaries that have taken part in The Pavilion over the years include: filmmakers Ron Howard, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Wong Kar-wai, Spike Lee, Billy Bob Thornton, and stars Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Amy Poehler, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, James Franco, Uma Thurman, America Ferrera, Anjelica Huston, Michelle Williams, Jessica Chastain, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci, Whoopi Goldberg, Holly Hunter, Andie Macdowell, Robert Duvall, and Matt Lauer. The American Pavilion includes a Red Carpet Terrace, a beach side view of Cannes. Design elements of the Pavilion include handcrafted wallpaper by Farrow & Ball. The Pavilion also has a restaurant and bar that provide fast service with a smile, and are open to all festival badge holders after 6 pm most evenings; a coffee bar; free Wifi and charging stations; a media terrace with a panoramic view of the Riviera; the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase; the Culinary Program featuring chefs from across the US and Canada; The American Pavilion Worldwide Student Program; and public and private rental for parties and receptions. Liza Foreman
The American Pavilion attracts professionals and festival goers from around the world.