The Cannes International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. It is the world's most prestigious and publicized film festival. It's held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. Given massive media exposure, the non-public festival is attended by many movie stars and is a popular venue for film producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the globe.
The Official Selection – The main event of the festival;
In Competition – The twenty films competing for the Palme d'Or. They are projected in the Théâtre Lumière;
Un Certain Regard – Twenty films selected from cultures near and far; original and different works. They are projected at the Salle Debussy;
Out of Competition – These films are also projected in the Théâtre Lumière but do not compete for the main prize;
Special Screenings – The selection committee chooses for these films an environment specially adapted to their particular identity;
Cinéfondation – About fifteen shorts and medium-length motion pictures from film schools over the world are presented at the Salle Buñuel;
Short Films – The shorts competing for the Short Film Palme d'Or are presented at the Buñuel and Debussy theatres. There are approximately 10 films in this competition;
Parallel Sections – These are non-competitive programmes dedicated to discovering other aspects of cinema;
Cannes Classics – It celebrates the heritage of film, aiming to highlight works of the past, presented with brand new or restored prints;
Tous les Cinémas du Monde – It showcases the vitality and diversity of cinema across the world. Each day, one country is invited to present a range of features and shorts in celebration of its unique culture, identity and recent film works;
Caméra d'Or – It rewards the best first film of the Festival, choosing among the debutants' works among the Official Selection, the Directors' Fortnight and the International Critics' Week selections;
Cinéma de la Plage – Screening of Cannes Classics and Out of Competition films for the mass public on Macé beach, preceded by a programme dedicated to film music;
Other Sections – Produced by outside organizations during the Cannes Festival;
International Critics' Week.
Marché du Film – The busiest movie market of the world;
Masterclasses – Given in public by world renowned filmmakers;
Tributes – Honors internationally renowned artists with the presentation of the Festival; Trophee following the screening of one of their films;
Producers Network – An opportunity to make international co-productions;
Exhibitions – Each year, an artist, a body of work or a cinematographic theme becomes the focus of an exhibition that diversifies or illustrates the event's programme.
Palme d'Or – Golden Palm,
Grand Prix – Grand Prize of the Festival,
Prix du Jury – Jury Prize,
Palme d'Or du court métrage – Best Short Film,
Prix d'interprétation féminine – Best Actress,
Prix d'interprétation masculine – Best Actor,
Prix de la mise en scène – Best Director,
Prix du scénario – Best Screenplay.
Prix Un Certain Regard – Young talent, innovative and audacious works,
Cinéfondation prizes – Student films,
Caméra d'Or – Best first feature film.
Given by Independent Entities:
Prix de la FIPRESCI – International Federation of Film Critics Prize,
International Critics' Week Prizes,
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.
The Selection Committee of the Festival de Cannes is exclusively in charge of the following sections of the Official Selection: Competition (short and feature films), Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard. The selection Committee decides which section a film can participate in. The non-official sections Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week are independent of the Cannes Film Festival. They are in charge of their own respective selections.
To submit a film, you need to:
Comply with the Preselection Conditions,
Fill out the online Entry Form,
Send in your film to the address indicated at the bottom of the Entry Form,
If your film is selected, you'll have to comply with the Rules and Regulations.
It is possible to present a working copy of the film. When filling out the entry form, please state if it is the final version or a working version. Submission of a working copy does not allow for later submission of a final copy.
Audio language: original
Subtitles language: english and/or french
World premiere required.
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