Thierry Fremaux

Cannes Film Festival


General Delegate

During his 18 years, Fremaux has been able to sustain the reputation of the world’s most famous film festival despite an ongoing spat with Netflix over whether the streamer must release films theatrically first. At the 2018 fest, he made up for the lack of U.S. films with politically and socially minded titles, notably “Shoplifters” and “Capernaum.” He opened the slate to genre and animated films and strengthened the Un Certain Regard category with emerging talent and established auteurs. This year was the first without staple Harvey Weinstein, something he described as an “earthquake moment,” surely prompting him to be the first festival head to sign a pledge for gender equality in programming. He is also behind Lyon’s Lumière Festival, which he co-launched.


  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Institut Lumiere
  • Lumiere Film Festival


  • Lumiere University Lyon (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Cannes' Thierry Fremaux on Netflix: 'The Door Is Not Shut'

Cannes' Thierry Fremaux on Netflix: 'The Door Is Not Shut'

Cannes Film Festival's artistic director Thierry Fremaux has been taking the heat all day.The official selection lineup, which he described as bold and full of surprises at midday in Paris, has sparked some criticism: for the lack of Netflix films, the underrepresentation of women in competition, the low number of American films and titles from established filmmakers. Add to that the voices of film critics and journalists complaining about ending morning press screenings ahead of gala premieres.To be fair, the artistic...


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