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In 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions on international travel, the Cannes Film Market (Marché du Film) was an entirely online market.

Decisions on the 2021 format are still being made. It is assumed the Australian international travel ban will still be in place in July and please note Screen Australia has suspended all attendance at any overseas activity until the Government’s broader travel advice changes. For the latest information, please visit the Marché du Film website.


France | Features

6 July 2021
15 July 2021

The Cannes Film Festival is the biggest and most important celebration of cinema on the annual festival calendar and a unique opportunity to build a network of international film industry professionals. 


Our Cannes Guide is updated yearly and provides an overview  of the festival, market and accreditation requirements, useful contact details and tips for first-timers.


In 2005, the festival gave the Cinéfondation the task of organising L'Atelier, a new step in its action to promote the creation of new works. Each year, L'Atelier selects about 15 feature-length projects from around the world, and invites their directors to the Festival de Cannes in order to put them in contact with film professionals. The filmmakers are selected according to the quality of their project and that of their previous films, as well as on the state of progress of their finance plan. The program will enable them to gain access to international financing and speed up the production process. There is no call for applications per se and therefore no application form. The selection of the Atelier is carried out by the Cinéfondation which canvasses, all year round, the festival's numerous international correspondents.


Attendee Tips

  • "It is important to have a clear aim of what one wishes to achieve from your meetings and not to overload the meetings with multiple projects."
  • "We only managed to set up three meetings before leaving Australia, but we had a clear idea of who we wanted to see and were able to hone in on these people within several days of arriving. Many sales agents were too busy in the first three days to arrange a meeting, but we kept at it and had secured them all by the end of the first weekend."
  • "It’s better to have one good meeting than 40 bad ones. Seeing most people is not as good as seeing the best people for your projects. Make notes after every meeting otherwise it all becomes a muddle."
  • "The Producer’s Network is a great way to give each day a structure and make you feel relevant in the insanity of selling, to network, to gain access to companies through roundtables and to feel a sense of belonging."
  • "Visit the Screen Australia office to gather yourself when you feel overwhelmed."
  • "Don’t expect any real results first time around. The first market is a big learning curve and really is sink or swim."
This information is to be used as a guide only and is of a general nature. Screen Australia has undertaken all reasonable measures to ensure its accuracy and specifically disclaims any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly of the use and application of any of the contents. Exact registration details are available on the market website.