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Cannes Film Festival Tweaks Dates of 71st Edition to Kick Off One Day Earlier

The Cannes Film Festival is set to host its 71st edition from May 8 to May 19, 2018, kicking off a day earlier in the week than in previous years.

The opening gala will take place on Tuesday evening (May 8), while the awards ceremony will be on Saturday (May 19). The length of the festival will remain unchanged.

Cannes said that bowing on a Tuesday will allow the festival to host an additional gala evening before the first weekend and to organize previews of the opening film throughout France. The festival also said that having the awards ceremony on Saturday evening would increase its prestige and give it a greater exposure.

“Following 2017’s anniversary edition, the festival is beginning a new period in its history,” festival president Pierre Lescure said. “We intend to renew the principles of our organization as much as possible, while continuing to question the cinema of our age and to be present through its upheavals.”

Meanwhile, Canneseries, the new festival dedicated to international drama series, will host its first edition in Cannes from April 5 to 11, 2018, alongside MipTV.

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