“Cannes Uncut” Premieres in Cannes Market

The feature documentary Cannes Uncut takes a look behind the scenes of the Cannes Film Festival, the gloriously glamorous and glitzy film event that has come to represent the best in cinema as well as the business of showbusiness. The film has its Cannes market premiere on Wednesday 17 May 2023, having been announced to much media and industry interest at the 74th festival in July 2021.

Cannes Uncut covers eight decades of the festival and market, and following the market premiere it will have its official public world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on 8 June.  It then sets off on a global journey, taking the story of Cannes to audiences all around the world, because as Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux says: “The story of Cannes is the story of cinema.”

Produced by long-time Cannes veterans Colin Burrows, Mark Adams, Chris Pickard and Richard Blanshard, the film celebrates the films and the filmmakers as well as detailing the glamour, red carpets, craziness, deals, parties, movies, and personalities that saw the business of show business implant itself at the Cannes Film Festival. 

In the decades following its launch in 1946 this initially modest French event established itself as the world’s pre-eminent film festival, and grew to define sophisticated film glamour as the world came to love the images and stories of the stars and starlets as they romped the sunny Cannes beaches by day, looked resplendent in sparkling jewellery and the finest of fashions on the red carpet and partied hard and late into the night.

The Cannes Film Festival is famous as an event brimming with stories and characters as outlandish and dramatic as the films that have premiered there, and Cannes Uncut celebrates the great films and the wild parties; the spectacular promotional stunts and the iconic talents; as well as the glorious successes and the infamous failures.

Featuring extensive new interviews with long-time Cannes’ General Delegate Thierry Frémaux; actress and Cannes regular Tilda Swinton; filmmakers including Ken Loach, Lynne Ramsay, Oliver Stone, Karim Aïnouz, Mike Leigh and Mark Cousins; industry figures such as producers Jeremy Thomas, Christine Vachon and Shannon McIntosh; Participant Media CEO David Linde; former head of J&M Films Mike Ryan; and an array of journalists, publicists and industry insiders. Also featured are Wim Wenders, Lea Seydoux, Juliette Binoche, Quentin Tarantino, Sharon Stone and many others associated with the festival over its eight decades.

  • Created and scripted by Mark Adams and Chris Pickard, Cannes Uncut is directed by Roger Penny and Richard Blanshard. The editor is Roger Penny with music by Emmy nominee Nicholas Singer.
  • Cannes Uncut is a Special Treats production for Once Upon a Time and is being sold by Autlook Filmsales (in Canes @ Riviera L4) 

Cannes Jury 2023

Ruben Östlund, President of the Jury who has twice been awarded the Palme d’or, is joined on the the Jury by Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, French actor Denis Ménochet, British-Zambian screenwriter & director Rungano Nyoni, American actress & director Brie Larson, American actor Paul Dano, Afghan author Atiq Rahimi, Argentinian director & screenwriter Damián Szifrón and French director Julia Ducournau who won the top prize in 2021 for “Titane”.

The Jury has the task of awarding the Palme d’or to one of the 21 films announced in Competition. The winners will be revealed on 27 May at the Closing ceremony which will be broadcast live by France Télévisions in France and by Brut. internationally. It will be followed by the Festival’s Last Screening: Elemental, the animated film by Peter Sohn.


Submission deadlines for the 96th Academy Awards

Many films screening in Cannes will also have one eye on the Academy Awards, especially films in the International Feature Film category. Submission deadlines for the 96th Academy Awards are as follows:

Tuesday, August 15, 2023: First submission deadline for Animated Short Film, Documentary Feature Film, Documentary Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories

Friday, September 15, 2023: First submission deadline for Animated Feature Film and General Entry categories

Monday, October 2, 2023: Final submission deadline for Documentary Feature Film and International Feature Film categories

Monday, October 16, 2023: Final submission deadline for Animated Short Film, Documentary Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories

Wednesday, November 1, 2023: Final submission deadline for Music (Original Score) and Music (Original Song) categories

Wednesday, November 15, 2023: Final submission deadline for Animated Feature Film and General Entry categories

Saturday, January 13, 2024: Visual Effects nominating screening (bake-off)

Sunday, January 14, 2024: Makeup and Hairstyling nominating screening and Sound nominating screening (bake-offs)

Pixar’s “Elemental” Closes Cannes 2023

The closing film of this year’s Festival de Cannes on 27 May will be the world premiere of Pixar Animation’s “Elemental” which will be released in theaters on 6 June in the UK,  16 June in the United States, and 21 June in France.

It is the fourth feature from Pixar to be presented in Cannes’ Official Selection, after “Up”, “Inside Out” and “Soul”.


Michelle Yeoh to receive 2023 Women In Motion Award

Michelle Yeoh backstage at the 95th Oscars on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

Kering and  Festival de Cannes will present the 2023 Women In Motion Award to actress Michelle Yeoh at this year’s festival.

Yeoh recently won the Academy Award for best actress for “Everything Everywhere All At Once” and was on the Cannes jury back in 2002.

Previous recipients of the Women In Motion Award include Jane Fonda in 2015, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in 2016, Isabelle Huppert in 2017, Patty Jenkins in 2018, Gong Li in 2019, Salma Hayek in 2021, and Viola Davis in 2022. 

“Jeanne du Barry” to open Cannes on 16 May 2023

“Jeanne du Barry”, directed by Maïwenn and starring Maïwenn and Johnny Depp, will open the 76th Festival de Cannes on 16 May.  The film recounts the life, rise and fall of the King Louis XV‘s favourite. The film will be released in French cinemas simultaneously with its world premiere in Cannes.

In 2011, the director won the Jury Prize at Festival de Cannes for Polisse. her first film in competition. Four years later, she returned in the Official Selection with My King, which earned Emmanuelle Bercot, the best actress award.

The opening of the Cannes Film Festival will be broadcast live on France Télévisions and Brut, and also be available on line.


Indiana Jones returns to Festival de Cannes

As expected, Indiana Jones returns to Festival de Cannes for the world premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”, directed by James Mangold and starring Harrison Ford as its iconic hero.

Fifteen years after the Cannes screening  of Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” in 2008, the final installment of the Lucasfilm saga will screen on Thursday, 18 May in Cannes and be released theatrically on 28 June in France and 30 June in the US. The Festival will also pay a special tribute to Harrison Ford and his career.



Air France: LA to Cannes direct

Air France, an official partner of Festival de Cannes for the past 43 years, will operate three special flights on 15, 22 and 29 May 2023, to offer a direct service between Los Angeles and Nice, the closest international airport to Cannes. The flights will be operated by Airbus A350-900 equipped with 324 seats, including 34 in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 266 in Economy.

Flight schedules (local time)

15 and 22 May 2023: flight AF041 – leaves Los Angeles at 13:10, arriving in Nice at 9:30 the following day.

29 May 2023: flight AF040 – leaves Nice at 13:55, arriving in Los Angeles at 17:05 the same day.

And in case you are interested, the first movie shown on Air France was appropriately “An American in Paris” on a Constellation flying from New York to Paris in 1951.