Awards season may be wrapping up for another year but all that movie-making excitement is set to kick off one more time with the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. The annual film festival sees movies, shorts and documentaries from all around the world make their debut appearance.
Here’s what we know about the 2022 event so far.
What is the Cannes Film Festival?
The Cannes Film Festival, or Festival de Cannes, is one of the three major European film festivals, alongside Venice Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.
It’s a place for both newcomers breaking into the industry and long-term veterans to showcase their upcoming films, make distribution deals and network. Many films that are shown at Cannes often rack up critical acclaim which can propel them through awards seasons later on.
Speaking of awards, the film festival has its own competition program, too. Films competing in the official competition go after the major prize, the Palme D’or, which is one of the most prestigious honours in the film industry.
Previous Palme D’or winners include films like Parasite, Titane, Amour and Pulp Fiction.
When and where is it held?
As the name would suggest, the Cannes film festival is held in Cannes which is located in France on the French Riviera.
In 2022 the Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 17 – 28.
This year is a special one for the festival as it marks its 75th anniversary.
Which films are screening at Cannes this year?
The line-up of films in the official selection of Cannes was announced in mid-April and it’s hefty.
In contention for awards are heavy-hitters like David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future (starring Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart), Park Chan-Wook’s Decision to Leave, Claire Denis’ Stars at Noon and new films from James Gray, Cristian Mangiu and the Dardenne Brothers.
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic is also set to make an appearance and George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing will also screen.
You can see the full list of films at Cannes 2022 here.
How can I follow along?
While non-attendees won’t be able to see the films shown at Cannes during the festival, there are a few ways to follow what’s going on.
As for watching the selected films, we’ll keep you posted when they receive Australian release dates.