THIS IS AN ARTICLE FROM 2018 AND HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED FOR 2019’S CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
*** UPDATE 2018: If you have any concerns or need clarification about the 3-day pass, you can contact the Festival directly. There is a general contact form here: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/contact and they have a practical guide here: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/participer/guide. The festival website is https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/. Some people are trying to contact each other to pool information, if you contact anyone through this site please note it is at your own risk. Good luck with your planning and I hope everyone has a wonderful time at Cannes (I know how stressful it is sorting out the arrangements and maximising your time there!) ***
The 71st Cannes film Festival runs from 8-19 May 2018, and this pass covers the three days from 17 to 19 May.
It gives access to a 3-day dedicated programme from the Official Selection (Competition, Out of Competition, Special Screenings, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Classics, Cinéma de la plage) and to the Palais des Festivals.
To apply for a pass, visit the Cannes Film Festival website here (the tab is bottom right and the information appears lower down the same page so scroll down).
You need to provide some information and a letter about your motivation. If you are allocated one of the passes, the badge can be collected from Wednesday 16 May 2018 at the Palais des Festivals. Closing date for applications is 15 April 2018.
Good luck if you apply! I am going to Cannes for some of the festival, so if you see me in my slacks, wielding a zimmer frame, come over and say hi (quite loudly please).
It’s a long time since I saw 28 (to give you an idea, back in the 1980s when we were all anxious about nuclear annihilation – so a bit like now – everyone was obsessed with Nostradamus, and his prediction about the end of the world in 1999. I distinctly remember thinking “well in 1999 I’ll be 28 and my life will effectively be over anyway, so it doesn’t matter”.)
By the way the stunning picture here is the newly unveiled Cannes Film Festival poster. Designed by the talented 27 year old illustrator and film buff Flore Maquin (now I really feel old!) her poster is inspired by the work of Georges Pierre (1927-2003). He was a photographer who worked with many of the greats of cinema from 1960 onwards, including Jacques Rivette, Alain Resnais, Louis Malle, Bertrand Tavernier, Andrzej Zulawski, and Jean-Luc Godard.