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Festival de Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival, a professional event in the heart of the capital of cinema
To stay in Cannes during the Festival, find the best rates directly with partner hotels.
For the first time this year, hotels are rolling out the red carpet around an attractive program including an exclusive screening on Sunday 26 May of one of this year’s award-winning films. Offers available on Weekendesk.
The Cannes Film Festival has been celebrating the cinema for over 70 years. The French Association Française du Festival International du Film has managed to keep pace and retain the essentials: a passion for the cinema, discovery of new talents, the enthusiasm of festival-goers and professionals from all over the world.
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival runs from 14 May to 25 May. The official selection and information can be found on the Festival de Cannes website.
Cannes, capital of cinema: not-to-be-missed places and activities
Find Delphine’s selection – she’s an expert in the destination and shares her knowledge of what to see and do in Cannes, the city of cinema.
Don’t forget to ask for a guided tour of the city with René-Pierre, cinema greeter.
The first International Film Festival opened on 20 September 1946 after an interrupted attempt in 1939. The atmosphere was light-hearted after the years of war and movie stars couldn’t wait to discover the region’s charms. In 1954, a young American actress, Grace Kelly, came to the Côte d'Azur with Cary Grant to shoot a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She participated in the International Film Festival the following year and met Prince Rainier of Monaco. They were married on 22 April 1956, the day before the Festival opened. In 1955, when the Palme d'Or made its debut, it also marked the birth of a French star and the symbol of a liberated, natural woman - Brigitte Bardot.
The history of Cannes and the cinema continues to be written year by year. The tourist office team will share it with you during guided tours and will advise you in line with your wishes.
The complete tourist office offer for discovering Cannes-Cinema.