Thierry Frémaux
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Cannes Film Festival


General Delegate

Frémaux managed to bring the Cannes Film Festival back as an in-person experience in July 2021, but only by instituting a strict set of COVID-19 protocols, requiring social distancing for all on the red carpet and mandating masks with a filtration rate of 90% or more indoors at both screenings and events. Still, it was much more festive than in 2020, when the pandemic lockdown turned the fest into an online-only marketplace, which managed to draw 10,000 participants to 1,235 screenings across 59 virtual cinemas but lost 80% of its revenue. He faced additional challenges as head of the annual Lumière Film Festival, which takes place in Lyon Metropolis, France, dedicated to classic cinema. In March 2021, his fellow cofounder, director Bertrand Tavernier, passed away.


  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Institut Lumiere
  • Lumiere Film Festival


  • Lumiere University Lyon (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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UPDATED: After several hours of heated debates, Iris Knobloch, the former boss of WarnerMedia France and Germany, has been chosen by the board of the Cannes Film Festival to become its first woman president, Variety has learned. Taking over on July 1 for a three-year term, Knobloch will succeed Pierre Lescure, who was re-elected for a third time in June 2020 and is planning to step down after the upcoming edition.The German-born, Paris-based executive was elected by the board of...


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