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.
Lorna May says
Hi Sarah! Thank you for this article.
I’m glad to say that I’m one of those 3 days pass winners! What are you doing at Cannes Film Festival exactly? I’m actually an actress and I hope to use this experience to make some nice film friends.. The description says that besides of all the films, I’ll have access to the Palais du Festival, do you know what this includes exactly? Does it include the marché du cinema too?
Congratulations on getting one of the passes, Lorna! The Palais is where the festival is based, and contains various theatres, though it’s my first time going to Cannes so I don’t know what else is available actually in the building. I’m there until the 16th so if we overlap give me a shout – my email address is under the pic of me on each page 🙂 There are also free films in the evenings on the beach which sound great.
It’s great to hear that you’ll be going too! Finding people who won the pass is a little tricky. Maybe it’s best if there’s a group for all of us.
Anyway, I’m a filmmaker and I’ll be going there too. It’ll be great to meet people, watch some movies and hopefully rub some shoulders.
By the way, do you happen to know if there’s a required dress code? Like if they require formal wear or semi-formal or casual or otherwise? Wearing a jacket in that summer heat doesn’t sound appealing.
Maybe I’ll see you there too. Have a good one!
Im also a winner for the 3 days in cannes pass winners. I’m surfing the internet looking for people who have won too. At first I was a little scared, you know the internet can be a tricky place so I’m glad to know there are more like me. Hopefully we could meet there.
Cool name by the way. And yes, the Internet has its dark alleys, but glad to know there’s a few of us who are going.
Hit me up to chat if you want. My email is [email protected]
Have a good one!
Hi Lorna! I’m glad to hear you won the three-day-pass, so did I! Do you have any reccomendations on where to stay?
Maaria Fernanda Sá says
I also won the 3 days and also am confused on what does the accreditation includes. (:
I am willing to know some nice film people as well.
Hi Maria, They call it a 3-day dedicated programme for the winners, but I agree it’s not really clear about further access to the Official Selection. It might be worth contacting them through their website? I hope you have a lovely time at Cannes, anyway.
Hi, guys! I got my acceptance e-mail just now! So happy to meet you, guys! I’m a writer/director and soon to be a film producer student in London. I checked booking and it’s so expensive, but I guess there might be some solutions, right? Will be checking this page daily.
Hi guys, just created a FB group for people who got accepted.
Feel free to join, can discuss accommodation etc. there 😉
Philipp Lunz says
Hi film friends! I already got accepted and I‘m so nervous and happy! If someone wants to meet up write me an email (philipplunz @ icloud .com) or maybe let‘s create a group on fb? I‘m 25 from Germany and just a regular film enthuasist 🙂
Does someone know any hints about our dedicated programme? I hope to see Gary Oldman and Denis Villeneuve!
john walton says
Hi my Partner has got his inivtation today and hes is excited and nervous. becuase he is worried about trying to get travel and accommodation. to the event and he is also worried due to not disclosing that he has aspergers syndrome, he is very talented. i am wondering if there is any advice or help plus the information that has been given is a bit vague
Hi John, There is a link on the festival official website with some information here: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/participer/guide. It might also be worth contacting the festival themselves for info on what the pass covers and any other issues, there’s a general contact form here: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/contact. There isn’t a huge amount of information on the pass itself which makes it all quite confusing. I hope your partner has a good time anyway, it is stressful trying to work out the best plan of action when you haven’t been before!
Does anyone know what the dress code is for the three days in Cannes? I expect it will be quite formal but is it specifically black tie/ tuxedo for the men?