Cannes Film Festival 2019 – what are the dates, when does it finish and how much are tickets?

CANNES Film Festival 2019 will see 18 films battle it out for the prestigious Palme d'Or award, with some of the biggest names in movies descending on the French Riviera.

Here is everything you need to know about the annual cinematic event…

When is the Cannes Film Festival 2019?

The Cannes Film Festival 2018 runs from May 14-25 this year.

It is an annual event held in Cannes in the south of France which previews the best new films from around the world.

The festival was founded in 1946 and is held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres and in 2017 the Cannes Film Festival celebrated its 70th anniversary.

A full list of scheduled films can be found on the official website, though some are kept under embargo until their premiere.

What is the Palme d'Or?

The Palme d'Or is the biggest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival and was first introduced in 1955.

In 2018 Japenese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the coveted award for his crime drama, Shoplifters.

Other awards handed out include the Jury Prize, Special Palme d'Or and the Short Film Palme d'Or.

But there is also the chance to win a non-competitive Honorary Palme d'Or.

This is awarded to directors (and, very occasionally, actors) who have never won a competitive Palme d'Or but have achieved a notable body of work.

Which films are in the Cannes Film Festival 2018 line-up?

Here is the full line-up:


  • Atlantiques – Director Mati Diop
  • Bacarau (Nighthawk) – Directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
  • The Dead Don’t Die – Director Jim Jarmusch
  • Frankie – Director Ira Sachs
  • La Gomera (The Whistlers) – Director Corneliu Porumboiu
  • A Hidden Life – Director Terrence Malick
  • It Must Be Heaven – Director Elia Suleiman
  • Les Misérables (The Miserable Ones) – Director Ladj Ly
  • Little Joe – Director Jessica Hausner
  • Matthias and Maxime – Director Xavier Dolan
  • Mektoub My Love: Intermezzo – Director Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Oh Mercy! – Director Arnaud Desplechin
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Director Quentin Tarantino)
  • Parasite – Director Bong Joon-ho
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Director Céline Sciamma
  • Sibyl -Director Justine Triet
  • Sorry We Missed You – Director Ken Loach
  • Pain and Glory – Director Pedro Almodóvar
  • The Traitor – Director Marco Bellocchio
  • The Wild Goose Lake – Director Diao Yinan
  • The Young Ahmed – Director Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

How much are Cannes Film Festival 2019 tickets?

Most access to the festival is only available for accredited members of the film industry.

Professionals such as journalists, photographers and guests are given special badges to gain entry.

However, every evening offers free open-air screenings of classic films for films fans to watch.

As well as the fact the Cannes Cinephiles also put on free films in four different cinemas in Cannes.

Guests can visit the tent on the Pantiero between 9am and 5.30pm during the festival to bag a ticket.

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