TV actor Avika Gor and her actor-friend, Manish Raisinghan, recently went to the Cannes Film Festival, where their short film was screened in the Short Film Corner section.
Avika, who was the creative director of the short film, is thrilled with the response the film has received. “Our movie is based on a social cause. A few French producers have bought it [to distribute it in different parts of the country]. Cannes is a great place not only to network, but also to meet like-minded people. We watched many short films at the festival. Attending Cannes was quite an eye-opener,” says Avika.
The 18-year-old adds that it was quite overwhelming to be amidst so many talented people. In fact, the actor says she and Manish were a little clueless initially. “The festival area is so large. You can continue exploring it for days. We had a lot of fun interacting with people there. Our film’s screening was at a five-star hotel, and had around 60 people in the audience, which was huge for us,” she says. They also announced two of their other short films at the festival.
Even though they had an enriching experience at the event, since Avika and Manish are both vegetarians, finding the right food was a big problem. “It was tough to find vegetarian food. We found some pasta to eat one day, but we mainly survived on the theplas that I had carried with me,” she says.
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