Cannes’ American Pavilion Interns Report Unpaid Work, Inappropriate Behavior: ‘I Feel Heavily Misled’

Cannes’ American Pavilion Interns Report Unpaid Work, Inappropriate Behavior: ‘I Feel Heavily Misled’
Dozens of college students who paid on average 4,000 apiece for the privilege of interning at the Cannes Film Festival mainstay American Pavilion were unpleasantly surprised by broken promises, cramped living conditions, long, unpaid hours at menial jobs and exposure to inappropriate behavior, according to a new report.

Every year, the American Pavilion’s student program recruits more than 200 college students eager for experience and networking opportunities at the longstanding home-away-from-home for American film industryites attending Cannes. According to a report by blogger Stephen Follows, a film industry data researcher and screenwriter, many were highly disillusioned by the experience, which they said failed miserably to live up to what they were sold and often put students in perilous situations.

A spokesperson for The Pavilion told TheWrap they’ve reached out to Follows “to correct the many mischaracterizations of our student program … including the suggestions about French labor law that are false and defamatory.
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