Thierry Frémaux

Cannes Film Festival


General Delegate

Over 19 years, Frémaux has been able to sustain the reputation of the world’s most famous film festival despite a spat with Netflix over whether the streamer must first release films theatrically. This year, he was largely applauded for his bold film selections, particularly putting a pair of feature premieres, “Atlantics” and “Les Misérables” (which took home best debut feature and jury prize, respectively), in the main competition. The festival has also been a strong launching pad for international films, as evidenced this year by the Palme d’Or-winning “Parasite,” now one of the highest-grossing South Korean movies ever. Last year’s Cannes winners “Shoplifters” and “Capernaum” were global successes and earned Oscar nominations. Frémaux is behind Lyon’s Lumière Festival, which he co-launched to celebrate classic cinema.


  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Institut Lumiere
  • Lumiere Film Festival


  • Lumiere University Lyon (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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