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Cannes Film Festival

The Festival de Cannes is the most important film festival in the world, with more than 30,000 professionals accredited each year at the Festival and Marché du Film (Film Market). In 2013, over 1,200 writers and filmmakers, 4,500 distributors, 5,000 producers and 4,000 journalists attended.

Now in its 69th year, the Festival de Cannes has reinforced its role as forerunner in world cinema, from the discovery and promotion of films and artists to the implementation of new activities to support creativity. It also includes a range of cultural and artistic activities such as forums, tributes, masterclasses and exhibits, and a high-profile competition, the highlight of which is the Palme d'Or award.

In 1959, the Marché du Film was created to bring a commercial element to the artistic festival and has since enabled an ever-increasing number of countries to promote their culture and cinema and to support their producers and film industries.

The Festival de Cannes is reserved for film industry professionals. To participate in the festival, you must be accredited. Requests for accreditation are made online on the Festival de Cannes website.

The Irish film industry at Cannes 

The Irish Film Board has had a presence at the Festival de Cannes for more than ten years, hosting the Irish Pavilion. The Pavilion has this year moved to a new location in the International Village (No 131). The IFB promotes Irish film and services the needs of the Irish producers attending the festival through the Pavilion. 

If you are working in the Irish film industry and attending the Cannes Film Festival 2015, you may register for the Irish Pavilion. The deadline for registration for the Irish Pavilion at Cannes 2016 is Friday 22nd April. We will be in touch after this date to let you know if your registration has been successful. Also to note: Membership of the Irish Pavilion is not Market or Festival Accreditation, both of which must be completed through the Festival de Cannes website.


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