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Lake Tahoe Film Festival goes to Cannes

The Lake Tahoe Pioneering in Film Festival has been invited to promote Lake Tahoe and its third annual festival at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival in France.

The 54th annual Cannes Festival runs from May 9 through 20. It hosts the Kodak Information Center at which an estimated 18,000 festival attendees visit. Only 50 film festivals from around the world are invited to promote their events at Cannes.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to get the word out around the world about the beauty of Lake Tahoe and our unique film festival,” said Denise Sloan, the Lake Tahoe Film Festival’s executive director.



Sloan will spend 12 days in the Kodak Information Center at Cannes handing out information about the local festival, event schedules and answering questions from those interested in attending next year’s event, set for April 4 through 7.

“Being at the Cannes information center allows the Lake Tahoe Film Festival to expand its contacts within the film industry, to ensure future premieres, secure more celebrities and strengthen an already powerful event that has brought national and international recognition to Lake Tahoe,”



she said.

In March a French cable network called Allocin Tlvision, featured the second annual Lake Tahoe Film Festival on its programming. The segment included the local festival schedule, list of films, plus photographs and information on Tab Hunter, this year’s celebrity tributee.

The mission of the Lake Tahoe Pioneering in Film Festival is to increase tourism during the traditionally slow season while garnering positive regional, national and international media exposure spotlighting the lake as a year-round cultural arts destination.

“Having a presence at Cannes would very quickly increase the already successful profile of the festival on an international basis,” Sloan said.

Last month’s film festival was also featured in more than two dozen regional newspapers in California and Nevada and on more than a dozen radio stations in both states.


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