One of the best-known cinematic events in the world, the Cannes Film Festival attracts many big names in the film industry, as well as those who are hoping to make their break-through. It runs for 12 days, in the month of May.
The very first edition of the Cannes Film Festival was held in 1946, just after the end of the second world war.
The 2018 edition has just finished; this the 71st edition ran from Tuesday May 8th until Saturday May 19th.
The Festival takes place in the "Palais des Festivals" on the Croisette and it attracts every year some of Hollywood's biggest names: outside, on the famous red stairs, there are regular photo shoots of the attending actors; last year for example you might just have been able to catch a glimpse of the likes of Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jude Law and Eva Mendes.
Frequently, movies "discovered” in Cannes, go on to win other prestigious prizes.
The festival shows films in various categories. The main selection of films are competing for the coveted Palme d'Or prize.
There is a separate Palme d'Or prize for the Short Film (Court Metrage) category.
Another category is called "A Certain Regard", carrying its own prize, aiming to show original and different movies, from non-mainstream cultures and regions.
A number of movies are shown out of competition.
The official selection of films is typically announced about one month before the start of the festival.
For this year, the selection of films was published on April 13th, see this link: 2017 official selection.
Films can be submitted by professional filmmakers for accreditation (allowing them to compete for the Palme d'Or and other prizes).
A great feature of the Cannes festival is that it provides an opportunity for less well-known film makers to make their debut on the world stage.
Invitations for the screenings open to the public can be bought at the Cannes Tourism Office (note you'll have to go there in person, there's no purchasing of those tickets online at the moment of writing this).
The winners of the "Palme d'Or" prize in recent years are:
ps. look on Google Play or Apple store for the Cannes Film Festival App.