Quick Guide: Cannes Film Festival
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History and structure

In Competition

Out of Competition

Festival side events

Critics and Directors

Marche Du Film

Critics and Directors
Cannes attracts photographers and journalists from around the globe

Critics' Week was set up in 1962 - making it the oldest of the festival side events - and is run by the Union of French Film Critics.

It has acted as a launch pad for new film-makers from around the world, who compete for the prestigious Grand Prix.

Directors' Fortnight was established in 1968 to avoid the strikes which closed down the festival that year.

It is traditionally the most radical of the Cannes sub-sections, and is open to both feature-length and short films.