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Festival de Cannes 2018 © Valery Hache / AFP .

The 71 Festival de Cannes will take place from Tuesday, 8 May to Saturday, 19 May 2018. It will start one day earlier than in previous years, but will run for exactly the same length of time. 

  The opening will therefore take place on the evening of Tuesday, 8th May and the awards ceremony will be on Saturday, 19th May. "Following 2017’s anniversary edition, the Festival is beginning a new period in its history," says Festival President Pierre Lescure. "We intend to renew the principles of our organisation as much as possible, while continuing to question the cinema of our age and to be present through its upheavals." This new schedule will allow us to rebalance the two weeks of the event and to bring new energy to the proceedings. What is more, starting on a Tuesday will allow us to hold an additional gala evening before the Festival weekend and to organise previews of the opening film throughout France. Finally, bringing forward the announcement of awards by one day, to Saturday evening, will increase its prestige, while at the same time giving the closing film better exposure.
Cannes is one of the first congress destinations in Europe. During this last decade, the Palais des Festivals and Congresses underwent renovations and profound change to increase competitiveness and maintain the attractiveness of the city. It now meets the modern requirements of event planners. As announced by David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes “The Palais participates in the dynamism of the city by welcoming every year around 120 shows representing more than 60 000 spectators ; 45 professional events, generating over 840 million Euros of economic spinoffs and 17 000 employments. It is a high level meeting place for events and culture and has to be at the cutting edge of new technologies while being accessible, attractive and aesthetic.”