My Cannes Diary - 48 hours in Cannes by Robyn Warwick

Going to Cannes is exciting and for some nerve-wracking and the whole experience can change from one year to the next, at least that’s what I discovered on my second visit last week…

Day 1 Thursday

We landed and headed straight to the Finger Music party (my first Cannes villa party!) It was pool party galore, free flowing champagne, BBQ, sunshine – is this really work?

I then headed to the Young Directors Awards showcase which kicked off with a very insightful and interesting seminar from Thomas Kolster about how brands and filmmakers can be catalysts for change in the industry, making them be – and do – better. After followed a great panel Hosted by Danny Edwards, Editor at Shots alongside Alma Har’el, founder of Free The Bid and Free The Work, Mindy Goldberg, Founder of Epoch Films, Jared Shulman, CEO of Brand New Story and Marie Ronn Group Creative Director of Spotify.

Panel for the Young Directors Award

Then it was the Shots Cannes party for non-stop nineties nostaglia!     

Shots party with Mark Edinoff and Anne Perri of Work Editorial

Day 2 Friday

The morning after the night before, feeling a little hazy I headed over to the new beach on the block. The Cannes Can: Diversity Collective which welcomed the first beach activation of its kind. There I ate some gorgeous free food c/o TV Celebs ‘Southern Chefs’ and listened to inspiring talks by Gerard Critichlow, AMV’s Head of Cultural Strategy, Nana Bempah - Founder of POCC, and Kevin Morosky co-founder POCC / We Are Social. After a thousand golden-hour photos with the POCC squad, we headed out to the Ninja Tune street party to dance the night away.

On the beach with Kevin Morosky, Nana Bempah of People of Colour (POCC) and pals.

Coming back to London I thought about how diverse this year felt from the last, how many Super Women I met and how high the standards of creativity are among unsigned emerging talent. For more on what happened that can’t go here follow me on Instagram @RobynWarwick.

Robyn Warwick is an Assistant Producer at Hoi Polloi.  

Robyn Warwick