The 71st edition of the Cannes International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world, is held this year from 8 to 19 May.
Australian actress Cate Blanchett has been named as the President of the Jury. Members of the jury include Benicio del Toro, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.
The International Film Festival was created on the initiative of Jean Zay, Minister for Education and Fine Arts, who was keen to establish an international cultural event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival, with its official opening in 1946.
While early editions of the Festival were primarily a social event from which almost all of the films went away with an award, the appearance of international stars on the Festival’s red carpet and increasing media coverage quickly earned it a legendary worldwide reputation.
Nowadays, the Cannes Film Festival is an annual event screening new films of all genres, including documentaries, and attracting many celebrities and well-heeled visitors with elaborate after parties.
Cannes’ most glamorous spots are along its seafront, Boulevard de la Croisette, with the Grand Hotel, hotel Martinez, hotel Majestic Barriere, the InterContinental, the Carlton Cannes and bar Le 72 Croisette 6; a great spot for an apéritif.