Watch Cannes Film Festival 2023 live stream
The 2023 Cannes Film Festival runs from 16th - 27th May. The Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and Cannes Film Awards are free to watch on the France 2, France 3, and France 5 channels, each of which can be live streamed on France TV.
Cannes Film Festival 2023: preview
The Cannes Film Festival has helped launch the careers of Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, David Lynch, the Coen Brothers, Quentin Tarantino, and Bong Joon-ho, and Senegalese-French filmmaker Ramata-Toulaye Sy could follow in their footsteps as she goes up against a who's who of Cannes titans with her debut feature, Banel et Adama.
Ken Loach, Wes Anderson, Wim Wenders and Nuri Bilge Ceylan are amongst the more revered and respected auteurs in the world, and they're all in contention for the ultra-prestigious Palme d'Or, the most coveted award in world cinema.
The Cannes Film Festival is about pushing boundaries, making a statement, standing out as an auteur. However, there's a fine line between pretentious and avant-garde, and just as Cannes Film Festival recognition can launch filmmakers into the stratosphere, there isn't a worse place in the world to produce a dud.
Unfolding over 12 days on the French Riviera, the event, including the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and Cannes Film Awards is being shown for free by France TV. Not in France? Make sure to you know how to use a VPN to watch a Cannes Film Festival live stream from anywhere.
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The Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, Cannes Film Awards and daily coverage from the event will be televised for free in France across the France 2, France 3, and France 5 channels, which can all be live streamed for free on France TV.
In general, you can expect daily coverage at around 7pm CEST (6pm BST) each evening.
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Can I watch the 2023 Cannes Film Festival in the UK?
There are no UK broadcasters showing dedicated coverage of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Some events will be live streamed or available to watch on-demand on YouTube and Brut, but it's a bit of a wild west.
Don't forget: if you're a France citizen currently abroad in the UK, you'll be able to watch France TV's Cannes Film Festival free coverage from anywhere with a VPN.
Can I watch the 2023 Cannes Film Festival in the US?
As explained above, if you're in the US but you're from France, you'll still be able to tap into that free France TV coverage if you use a VPN.
Can I watch the 2023 Cannes Film Festival in Australia?
France resident travelling to Australia? Simply use a VPN to access that France TV live stream without being geo-blocked.
When is the 2023 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony?
The 2023 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony starts at 7pm CEST on Tuesday, 16th May.
That's 6pm BST / 1pm ET / 10am PT / 3am AEST.
When is the 2023 Cannes Film Festival Closing Ceremony?
The 2023 Cannes Film Festival Closing Ceremony starts at 8.30pm CEST on Saturday, 27th May.
That's 7.30pm BST / 2.30pm ET / 11.30am PT / 4.30am AEST.
Where are the 2023 Cannes Film Awards handed out?
The 2023 Cannes Film Awards, including the ultra-prestigious Palme d'Or, will be handed out during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday, 27th May.
It begins at 7.30pm BST / 2.30pm ET / 11.30am PT / 4.30am AEST, as explained above.
What are the 2023 Palm d'Or contenders?
Kuru Otlar Üstüne (About Dry Grasses) – Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Turkey
Anatomie d'une chute (Anatomy of a Fall) – Justine Triet; France
Asteroid City – Wes Anderson; US
Banel et Adama (Banel & Adama) – Ramata-Toulaye Sy; Senegal
Black Flies – Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire; US
Il sol dell'avvenire (A Brighter Tomorrow) – Nanni Moretti; Italy, France
La Chimera – Alice Rohrwacher; Italy, France, Switzerland
Club Zero – Jessica Hausner; Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, UK
Kuolleet lehdet (Fallen Leaves) – Aki Kaurismäki; Finland
Firebrand – Karim Aïnouz; UK
Les Filles d'Olfa (Four Daughters) – Kaouther Ben Hania; Tunisia
Le Retour (Homecoming) – Catherine Corsini; France
Rapito (Kidnapped) – Marco Bellocchio; Italy
L'Été dernier (Last Summer) – Catherine Breillat; France
May December – Todd Haynes; US
Kaibutsu (Monster) – Hirokazu Kore-eda; Japan
The Old Oak – Ken Loach; UK, France, Belgium
Perfect Days – Wim Wenders; Japan, Germany
La Passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Passion of Dodin Bouffant) – Tran Anh Hung; France
Qīngchūn (Youth (Spring)) – Wang Bing; China
The Zone of Interest – Jonathan Glazer; UK, Poland, US