The Cannes Film Festival is only open to professionals in the film industry. To participate in the Festival, each participant must be accredited. The professional category grants professional accreditations.
Non-industry bodies can find some solace in screenings during the Directors’ Fortnight and at the Cinéma de la Plage (Beach Cinema), but both are on a first-come, first-served basis.
According to the Cannes Guide, there are six different types of accreditation available for Cannes, each with its own set of rules, fees, and eligibility requirements.
A variety of film industry professionals can obtain Festival Accreditation, which grants access to all festival venues (the Palais, Riviera, Village International, and major hotels), as well as screenings in the official selection and sidebars. Accreditation to the festival is free.
Market Accreditation is available to board members and employees of companies that operate in or service the film industry. Market accreditation costs around 300€ per person from a company attending.
The Producers’ Network is a subset of the Marché du Film aimed specifically at producers. The Producers Network’s goal is to provide a collection of services and events to assist producers in developing their projects and to encourage international co-productions. To qualify for Producers’ Network accreditation, accreditees must have made at least one feature film that has been commercially distributed.
Industry Workshops offer a series of seminars and tours during the festival’s first few days. The goal of these sessions is to help participants navigate the market and hone their producer skills so that they can make the most of their time in Cannes.
Short Film Corner
The Short Film Corner has its own fee structure, and this type of accreditation is the best option for new filmmakers who have a short film to show.
The Festival de Cannes manages media access directly through its “Press Accreditation Commission.” The higher the press outlet’s profile and the greater the number of people it reaches, the better the access that will be provided to the media outlet.
Cinéphiles accreditation allows locals to see films from the official selection and sidebars in several Cannes cinemas, as well as some screenings at the Palais. Accreditation for Cinéphiles is also available to film enthusiasts and education groups, both French and foreign.
The upcoming Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 17 to 28, 2022.