Cannes Film Festival sections and candidates
The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival is currently being held from 11 to 22 May 2016. Australian director George Miller has been announced as the President of the Jury for the main competition. French actor Laurent Lafitte has been announced as the host for the opening and closing ceremonies. On 15 March it was announced that Japanese director Naomi Kawase would serve as the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury president. American director Woody Allen‘s film Café Society has been selected to open the festival.
The films competing in the main competition section of the Cannes Film Festival, were announced at a press conference on 14 April 2016. The Salesman, directed by Asghar Farhadi was added to the competition lineup on 22 April 2016. The films competing in the Un Certain Regard section were announced at a press conference on 14 April 2016. Clash, directed by Mohamed Diab, has been announced as the opening film for the Un Certain Regard section. Hell or High Water, directed by David Mackenzie was added to the Un Certain Regard lineup on 22 April 2016.
The Cinéfondation section of the Cannes Film Festival, focuses on films made by students at film schools. The following 18 entries, were selected out of 2,300 submissions. More than one-third of the films selected represent schools participating in Cinéfondation for the first time. It is also the first time that a film representing Bosnian and Venezuelan film schools have been selected. More than half of the films selected were directed by women. The full selection for the International Critics’ Week section was announced on 18 April 2016, at the section’s website. In Bed with Victoria, directed by Justine Triet was selected as the opening film for the International Critics’ Week section.
The short films Bonne Figure, directed by Sandrine Kiberlain, En Moi, directed by Laetitia Casta. Kitty, directed by Chloë Sevigny were selected as its closing films. The full selection for the Directors’ Fortnight section was announced on 19 April 2016, at the section’s website. Sweet Dreams, directed by Marco Bellocchio was selected as the opening film for the Directors’ Fortnight section. Dog Eat Dog, directed by Paul Schrader was selected as the closing film for the Directors’ Fortnight section.