Cannes Rules Out Physical Edition, deciding to host screenings at fall festivals

Cannes will be showing its “labelled” films at festivals such as Toronto, Deauville, San Sebastian, Busan and more

The Cannes Film Festival will announce a revised Official Selection of movies in June, but there will be no physical edition of the festival this year. Instead, delegate general Thierry Frémaux said the festival plans to present the films at partnering film festivals, including September’s Venice International Film Festival, and across cinemas.


“As of today, a physical edition seems complicated to organize, so we are going forward with an announcement of films from the (initial Official) Selection at the beginning of June,” is an official statement by a festival spokesperson, which confirms what Cannes’ director Thierry Fremaux said on Sunday in an interview with Screen Daily.


Fremaux also said that while there will be no jury or awards this year, Frémaux welcomes would’ve-been 2020 jury president Spike Lee back for the next physical edition. The Cannes director also added that Spike Lee’s new film, Da 5 Bloods, slated for a Netflix release on June 12, would’ve made it onto the Croisette.


Cannes will showcase their "labelled ” films at festivals such as Toronto, Deauville, Angoulême, San Sebastian, New York, Busan and Fremaux’s own Lumière festival in Lyon. Fremaux added the idea with Venice was to go further and jointly present movies.