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76TH EDITION OF THE FAMOUS CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

The 2023 edition takes place from 16 to 27 May

For over 70 years, the Cannes Film Festival has been one of the most media-covered and most awaited events in the world of cinema. For 12 days, the seaside town will have fans of the silver screen abuzz around the emblematic walk up the steps and the famous La Croisette.

This year, the festival promises to be exceptional, with a selection of films from across the globe, homages to film personalities and unforgettable gala evenings. Movie-lovers from the world over are impatiently awaiting this unmissable meeting in the cinematic world.

French actress Chiara Mastroianni will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for this 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

12 days of international competition in Cannes, on the Côte d’Azur

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious events in the world of cinema. It takes place for two weeks in May every year, in the town of Cannes on the Côte d’Azur.

Created in 1946 to celebrate cinema and reward the year’s best films, it has become an essential meeting for actors, directors and producers from all over the world.

The Cannes Film Festival is known above all for the Palme d’Or, which is the top award given to a competing film. The official competition takes place in the heart of the famous Palais des Festivals.

The films selected for the official competition are screened before a jury composed of famous names from the world of cinema. The jury awards prizes in various categories, including the Palme d’Or, the Grand Prize, the Jury Prize and the Best Director Prize.

The Cannes Film Festival is a symbol of cinematic excellence and a reflection of the changes in the movie industry over the years. It continues to inspire and encourage new talent, while celebrating the films from those who have already left their mark on the history of cinema.

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT THE STEPS

The show is not only on the big screen at the
Cannes Film Festival!

The walk up the steps at the Cannes Film Festival is one of the most emblematic moments of this prestigious event.

Every evening, movie stars from all over the world climb the steps of the Palais des Festivals to attend the screenings of the competing films.

It’s a moment of glamour and haute couture, where actors and actresses compete in elegant outfits from the biggest fashion designers.

Climbing the 24 steps remains a privilege, but there are some rules to be followed! Men must wear a suit, and women a gown and, since 2018, selfies are strictly prohibited!

Once inside, the guests attend the screening of that evening’s competing film. At the end of the screening, the director and the actors take to the stage to answer press questions and receive any awards.

The walk up the steps at the Cannes Film Festival is an event in itself that draws the attention of the world’s media. It’s a time to celebrate cinema and the art of fashion, where movie stars compete in terms of elegance and refinement.

THE FAMOUS CANNES FILM FESTIVAL EVENINGS

While the Festival is synonymous with glamour and sparkle, the same is true of the famous evenings on La Croisette.

The Cannes Film Festival is also known for its famous evenings, which are organized every year on the fringe of the screenings of competing films. These gala evenings attract movie stars from across the globe and are the opportunity for movie industry professionals to meet up and celebrate the cinematic art.

As night falls, La Croisette lights up to the rhythm of music and long gowns twirling on a beach, a rooftop or a boat, away from prying eyes.

Over the years, they have become unmissable meetings for the stars, who make the most of them to combine charity with pleasure, like the Amfar evening that takes place at the Eden Roc or the Global Gift Gala, supported by the actress Eva Longoria and which aims to collect money for disadvantaged children.

However, the evenings are not only reserved for VIP guests. Several evenings are also organized in the town’s clubs and bars, when movie fans and party lovers can mix in the festival’s glamorous atmosphere.

HOW TO ATTEND THE SCREENINGS

We’ll tell you everything about the Cannes Film Festival screenings!

Only a few privileged people can attend the evening screenings in the Louis Lumière grand auditorium. On the other hand, during the day, tickets are distributed in front of the Palais des Festivals before each session, within the limit of available seats.

In order to get the precious door opener, you can also try your luck with Cannes Cinéphile, which, every year, offers the chance to get accredited when you’re a movie buff.

Lastly, with your feet in the sand, the beach cinema offers free screenings of a selection of films over the entire twelve days and is open to all!

This unique experience allows festivalgoers and inhabitants of Cannes to watch the films free of charge on the large outdoor screen. The beach cinema is set up on Macé Beach, near the Palais des Festivals.

It’s an incredible experience for movie lovers and cinema professionals, so don’t hesitate to try your luck and take part in this unmissable event.

FIGURES THAT SAY A LOT!

The Cannes Film Festival in figures…

  • 76 editions: The Cannes Film Festival was created in 1946 and has since organized 76 editions.
  • 80,000 festival goers.
  • 4,000 journalists from around the world who cover the event and write articles about the films in the competition.
  • 230,000 people present in Cannes (i.e. 3 times its annual population).
  • 5,000 screenings: During the Cannes Film Festival, approximately 5,000 film screenings take place, of which some 200 films competing for the Palme d’Or.
  • 20,000 euro: that’s the value of the Palme d’Or (18 carat gold)
  • 27 Palmes d’Or: Since the Cannes Film Festival was created, 27 Palmes d’Or have been awarded, to films such as “Apocalypse Now”, “Pulp Fiction” and “La Dolce Vita”.
  • 145 kg: this is the weight of the display canvas dressing the Palais des Festivals.
  • 180 metres of red carpet are needed every day to cover the steps.
  • 89 countries are represented at the Festival.
  • 1,000 people work on the Festival.

THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL ENGAGES

To enrol the event and its organization into a voluntary environmental approach that is both reasoned and realistic, the Cannes Film Festival implements a strategy built around two priority issues: CO2 emissions and waste management.

First of all, the Festival has adopted a sustainable development policy for all its activities, in order to reduce both its consumption of energy, water and raw materials, and its greenhouse gas emissions. Ambitious goals have been set, especially in terms of sorting waste, ecological transport and the use of eco-label products.

In 2023, 100% of the official vehicle fleet are electric. Furthermore, participants benefit from free access to Cannes’ public transport thanks to a dedicated pass.

Over the years, the Cannes Film Festival has committed to becoming a responsible stakeholder in the ecological transition, implementing concrete actions to protect the environment. This approach is part of a much wider social and environmental responsibility vision, aiming to promote sustainable and equitable development for all.

76TH EDITION OF THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, TRAILER
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By AblaCarolyn

I love Cannes, am a passionate gastronomy, decoration and art of living blogger and adore sharing my very favourite places on the Côte d’Azur. I delight in defending and highlighting the values, beauty and eclecticism that make the Côte d’Azur.

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