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Your Guide To Cannes Film Festival 2024

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By The Sybarite Team on 28th March 2024

The 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 14- 25 — here is everything you need to know ahead of it.

One of the world's most esteemed cinematic celebrations is nearly upon us, showcasing existing and emerging talent in film.

As Hollywood A-Listers descend on Cannes to witness the memorable awards ceremony, there is plenty to look forward to this year.

What is the Cannes Film Festival?

Formerly known as the International Film Festival, the Festival de Cannes is one of the world's most prestigious film events. With roots dating back to Venice in 1946, this important calendar date serves as a crucial meeting for actors, directors and producers from all over the world.

Taking place in Cannes on the Côte d’Azur, the event itself is held in the heart of the famous Palais des Festivals.

This year, Cannes Film will run from Tue, 14 May – Sat, 25 May 2024.

Which films have been selected for Cannes Film Festival 2024?

The festival has confirmed it will announce the official selection programme for its 77th edition on April 11 in Paris.

The submission process for selection closed on March 15, leaving the selection team to sift through and assess them. The judging panel is made up of highly-respected industry heavyweights, who distribute awards in various categories, including the Palme d’Or, the Grand Prize, the Jury Prize and the Best Director Prize. The Palme d’Or, is the most distinguished accolade given to a competing film.

The festival is also known for championing fresh new talent, establishing itself as platform for emerging voices and creative visions.

Events at La Croisette

Alongside the award ceremony, Cannes Film Festival is known for a series of hosted evenings, which take place on the fringe of the screenings of competing films. These events attract talent from all over the world, with La Croisette lit up with glitz and glamour.

Chief among them is the AmfAR evening which takes place at the Eden Roc and the Global Gift Gala, supported by the actress Eva Longoria and which aims to collect money for disadvantaged children.

A focus on sustainability

CO2 emissions and waste management are the two key underpinnings, highlighting the festival's commitment to sustainability.

Since 2012, the Cannes Film has been committed to implementing a voluntary carbon contribution initiative. This was formalised in 2021when the event began requesting an eco-contribution of €20 (excluding tax) for all accredited guests.

The festival implements a sustainable development policy for all activities to reduce its consumption of energy, water and raw materials, alongside greenhouse gas emissions. In 2023, 100% of the official vehicle fleet were electric, with guests enjoying free access to Cannes’ public transport courtesy of a dedicated pass. The length of the red carpet has been halved since 2021, saving close to 1,400 kilos of material every edition, while the use of plastic water bottles has been completely eliminated.

This approach is part of a much wider social and environmental responsibility vision, aiming to promote sustainable and equitable development for all.

You can read more about the Cannes Film sustainability initiatives here.

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