Delegates Experience 2014 – Marsh Dodanwela
Someone once asked me to “describe Cannes in one word”. I said “cannot”.
Its true. Cannes is the personification of “you get what you give”. Actually, you get more. The venue is a hive of activity, creativity, levity and learning. Everyone’s there, from newbie hot shots to global heavy weights, from Oscar winners to Box Office Giants, from Indie Directors to Creative visionaries. The sessions are usually jam-packed. So here’s a tip, if the Lower Auditorium is full, then head up to the ‘nose-bleeds’ and once the lights go off, make your way down the stairs. If you don’t mind sitting on a step, you’ll be right near the stage where some of your heroes will be engaged in a casual chat on the subject of what it takes to change the world. All this and then of course there’s Cannes itself, a bustling festival port city on the French Riviera, with gorgeous weather, beautiful people, charming cafes, great food and, did I mention it’s on the French-freakin-Riviera! And, the parties. Yes, the parties. Where ever you start the night though, the Gutter Bar’s where you’ll end up from 1am onwards. It’s the social epicenter of the Festival. The place where doe-eyed awards aspirants and Gold Lion-wielding superstars converge till the wee hours of the morning… Cannes is a singular experience that should be earned and enjoyed and I’m grateful to Metal Factor for the amazing opportunity. For some, Cannes is the culmination of a journey. For others, it’s just the start. Either way, it’s a trip.