Radio and TV presenter Mark Kermode is doing a camera interview on a villa balcony. The calm sea glistens behind him in the background. Inside the main building, filmmakers, business people and artists are mingling. They’re discussing films, both domestic and international, that are in competition. As the sun begins to set outside, the invited guests and festival goers file into a packed cinema for a Q&A screening with one the hottest UK independent film directors of 2014.