MADRID – Already a pioneering event, made up near entirely of tributes, retrospectives, revivals and movie restorations, for its fifth edition, the Lumiere 2013-Grand Lyon Film Festival is making another ahead-of-the curve move, launching its 1st Classic Films Market.
“The aim is to stage the first and most important meeting ever of professionals involved in one way or another in classic films, a territory whose contours are becoming increasingly clear,” said Thierry Fremaux, director of the Institut Lumiere, which organizes the festival.
“It’s also great, because this is an experimental pilot event,” he added.
Running Oct. 16-18, Market guests will include classic films exhibitors and distributors, DVD publishers, film archive reps, execs at studios and VOD companies, other important restoration players, rights holders and TV programmers, he added.
At an Oct. 16 international panel, speakers from different parts of the world will discuss their experiences working in classics films.
In an CFM afternoon event, distributors will have 15 minutes to present their current and future restoration projects to an audience of exhibitors and journalists.
The CFM unspools during the 5th Lumiere Festival that, when it staged its first edition in 2009, was itself a leap-in-the-dark. The presence on stage of U.S. and French stars – such as Clint Eastwood, who attended to pick up the Festival’s first Lumiere Award – espousing their enthusiasm for beloved or little-known movies has proved a winning combination with movies playing to full-capacity 3,000 crowds, fest film ticket sales at 72,000 and total festival-goers, including visitors to exhibitions and the festival’s Village center at 99,000.
Legendary Swedish cineaste Ingmar Bergman (“The Seventh Seal”), U.S. director Hal Ashby (“Harold and Maude,” “Being There”) and French filmmaker Henri Verneuil (“Guns for San Sebastian”) will also be honored.