Thierry Frémaux
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Cannes Film Festival


General Delegate

As head of the Cannes Film Festival for the past two decades, Frémaux has overseen innumerable red-carpet events and star-studded premieres on the Croisette every spring. The coronavirus pandemic forced Frémaux to cancel the in-person event in 2020, but he remained undeterred, turning it into an online marketplace that attracted 10,000 participants drawn by 1,235 screenings across 59 virtual cinemas, 200 networking events and as many as 3,500 project pitches. Even though the success of the virtual event was undisputed, the festival still took a financial hit, losing approximately 80% of its revenue. Frémaux also heads the Lumière Festival in Lyon, which held a limited-attendance physical event in October with 23 premieres that were originally planned to screen at Cannes.


  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Institut Lumiere
  • Lumiere Film Festival


  • Lumiere University Lyon (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Italian Director Maura Delpero Wins Cannes 2020 Women in Motion Young Talent Award

Italian Director Maura Delpero Wins Cannes 2020 Women in Motion Young Talent Award

Italian director Maura Delpero is the winner of this year's annual Women in Motion Young Talent Award, being bestowed by the Kering Group and the Cannes Film Festival despite the cancellation of the 2020 festival due to the pandemic.Delpero, who studied playwriting in Buenos Aires, after two documentaries made her feature film debut in 2019 with "Maternal," a drama inspired by her spending four years in an Argentinian refuge for adolescent single mothers run by nuns."Maternal" world premiered in the...


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