A UC student takes part in the Cannes Film Festival

Srivastava went to the first week of the two-week festival, which was filled with film premieres, networking and award ceremonies.

Amid the glitz and glamor of celebrity sightings and red carpet events, Srivastava said her goal is to meet other producers and friends from the film industry. That hasn’t stopped him from clashing with famous personalities, including this year’s honorary Palme d’Or winner, Forest Whitaker.

“I opened the door and [Whitaker was] right there,” Srivastava recounted. “I shook his hand, of course, and gave him my card. Took her hand, had a good conversation for about a minute. [The Cannes Film Festival] is the place where we can meet and talk to these people, because otherwise they are inaccessible.

Another highlight of the event for Srivastava was that his home country, India, was named an official country of honor at the Simultaneous Film Market, the festival’s official marketplace for networking, conferences and previews of projects.

“It was a big event because we had businessmen, producers and actors from my country, everyone,” Srivastava said. “I had a lot of appointments at the film market, it kept me busy… Coming from India and seeing it with such a lens was a very proud moment for me.”

Srivastava noted that he spends most of his time in the market meeting with Indian government officials, composers and other filmmakers. Throughout the week, he was able to forge links with new collaborators and represent his country with pride.

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