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November 22, 2017

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018 CHANGES DATES — Tues. May 8 through Sat. May 19

Cannes 2018

The Cannes Film Festival announced today that the festival will "start one day earlier than in previous years, but will run for exactly the same length of time."

The opening will take place on the evening of Tuesday, May 8th and the awards ceremony will be on Saturday, May 19th.

"Following 2017's anniversary edition, the Festival is beginning a new period in its history," says Festival President Pierre Lescure. "

"We intend to renew the principles of our organization as much as possible, while continuing to question the Cinema of our age and to be present through its upheavals."

"The new schedule will allow us to rebalance the two weeks of the event and to bring new energy to the proceedings."

"What is more, starting on a Tuesday will allow us to hold an additional gala evening before the Festival weekend and to organize previews of the opening film throughout France."

"Finally, bringing forward the announcement of awards by one day, to Saturday evening, will increase its prestige, while at the same time giving the closing film better exposure."

The Beach in Cannes

It has been a long-held belief that Cannes always skips a year in presenting high quality films. Considering last year's abysmal showing, 2018 promises to be an improvement even in the face of increased security measures that have taken a lot of the fun out of the Festival. Either way, mark your calendars correctly, Cannes 2018 is getting underway!

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