Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the 76th Festival de Cannes

The 76th edition will be held from May 16 to 27, 2023

The Opening Ceremony took place on Tuesday 16, at 7:00 pm. All of the Festival’s events will also be available to all through Cannes media partnership with France Télévisions and Brut., which will offer a broad media coverage of the venue. Red carpet and steps events, press conferences, photocalls and official events will broadcast in both French and English on, Culturebox, Brut. Cannes, YouTube as well as on the Festival de Cannes’ official website.



The Closing Ceremony will take place on Saturday May 27, at 8:30 pm and broadcast live on France 2 and internationally on Brut. The « Last Screening », Elemental, directed by Peter Sohn, will follow in the Grand Théâtre Lumière Auditorium.



Opening Ceremony of the 76th Festival de Cannes


Tuesday May 16 at 7:00 pm live on France 2 

Actress Chiara Mastroianni will serve as Master of Ceremony and host of the 76th edition. She will welcome on the stage of the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Théâtre Lumière the Jury, including Ruben Östlund as Jury President alongside Maryam TouzaniDenis MénochetRungano NyoniBrie LarsonPaul DanoAtiq RahimiDamián Szifron and Julia Ducournau


The Opening Ceremony broadcasted live on Tuesday 16 at 7:00 pm on France 2. One of the highlights of the Ceremony will be the presence of the 76th Festival’s guest of honor, American actor and producer Michael Douglas, who received an honorary Palme d’or at that time. 



The screening of the opening film, Maïwenn’s Jeanne du Barry followed the Opening Ceremony. The film was being theatrically released in France on that same day. 



Last year, 344 theaters welcomed thousands of spectators to experience this special evening. This year again, Opening Ceremony and opening film will be broadcast live in theaters, an initiative handled by the Festival de Cannes, along with France Télévisions, the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français and the CNC.



Closing Ceremony of the 76th Festival de Cannes


Saturday May 27 at 8:30 pm live on France 2 


After 11 days of Festival, the Jury will give the awards during the Closing Ceremony. It will take place on May 27, beginning at 8:30 pm and broadcasting live on France 2. The « Last Screening » Elemental, directed by Peter Sohn, will then be shown in the Grand Théâtre Lumière.



The 21 films competing for the Palme d’or this year are : Firebrand by Karim Aïnouz, Asteroid City by Wes Anderson, Rapito (Kidnapped) by Marco Bellocchio, Les Filles d’Olfa (Four Daughters) by Kaouther Ben Hania, L’Été dernier (Last Summer) by Catherine Breillat, Kuru Otlar Ustune (About Dry Grasses) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Le Retour (Homecoming) by Catherine Corsini, The Zone of Interest by Jonathan Glazer, Club Zero by Jessica Hausner, May December by Todd Haynes, Monster  by Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Kuolleet Lehdet (Fallen Leaves) by Aki Kaurismäki, The Old Oak by Ken Loach, Il Sol dell’ avvenire (A Brighter Tomorrow)by Nanni Moretti, La Chimera by Alice Rohrwacher, Black Flies by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, Banel e Adama by Ramata-Toulaye Sy, La Passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Pot-au-Feu) by Tran Anh Hùng, Anatomie d’une chute (Anatomy of a Fall) by Justine Triet,  Jeunesse (Le Printemps) (Youth (Spring)) by Wang Bing, Perfect Days by Wim Wenders.



Follow the Festival from all over the world


The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be broadcast live internationally in English and French thanks to Brut., without geographical blocking, via the following links : Brut. America – Brut. Côte d’Ivoire – Brut. Egypte – Brut. Espagne – Brut. Inde – Brut. Maroc – Brut. Mexique – Brut. Sénégal – Brut. Tunisie.



The Festival Television

The Festival Television, co-produced by France Télévisions, Brut. and the Festival de Cannes covers the red carpet and steps, press conferences, photocalls and official events. Broadcasting in both French and English in the Palais des Festivals, on its outdoor screens as well as in hotels on the Croisette, TV Festival de Cannes will also be available on, Culturebox, Brut. CannesYouTube and the Festival de Cannes‘ official website.



Cannes Press Release, 17.5.2023.

Photo by Maxence Parey / FDC, Cannes Press Release