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Processing of the Festival de Cannes archives

The Festival de Cannes has entrusted its archive holdings to the “Cinémathèque Française” which is in charge of its conservation, treatment and public distribution.

From today, one can have access to the following years (please see for more details).

  • 1938 to 1974 for the administrative holdings connected with the organisation of the Festival (1,201 archive files). 
  • 1949 to 1977 for the press holdings (1232 archive files).
  • 1946 to 1987 for the films department (251 archive files).


A complete list of these files may be consulted online at


A selection of these files are accessible at



Main works dedicated to the Festival de Cannes

Books and Films


  • Cannes, première ! by Thierry Frémaux, Le Faune Editions, Paris, 2018
  • Dictionnaire amoureux du festival de Cannes by Gilles Jacob, Plon, Paris, 2018
  • Cannes Memories, 70 Festivals de Cannes, Collective book, Preface by Monica Bellucci, Entertainment Media, 2017
  • Ces années-là, Le livre Anniversaire, Stock, Paris, 2017
  • La grande histoire du Festival de Cannes by Frédéric Vidal, Editions de l'Archipel, Coll. Beaux-Livres, Paris, 2017
  • Cannes Film Festival by Philippe Dupuy and Jean-François Roubaud, Gilletta Editions, Nice, 2017
  • Sélection officielle, Journal by Thierry Frémaux, Grasset, Paris, 2017
  • Cannes 1939 Le Festival qui n'a pas eu lieu by Olivier Loubes, Armand Colin, Paris, 2016
  • Les pas perdus by Gilles Jacob, Flammarion, Paris, 2013
  • Le livre d’or du 65e Festival de Cannes 2012- 1939, Frédéric Vidal, Thierry Frémaux Didier Carpentier, Didier Carpentier Editions, 2012
  • Citizen Cannes. The man behind the scenes at the Cannes cinema festival by Gilles Jacob, Phaidon editions, 2012.
  • Dans les coulisses de Cannes, supervised by Guillaume Clavières and Marc Brincourt, Texts written by Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Preface by Brigitte Bardot, Glénat Editions, 2010.
  • Vu(es) sur Cannes by Jackie Berroyer, Vu Editions (partnership with Arte), Paris, 2010.
  • Livre d’or by Gilles Jacob, Seuil Editions, Coll. Beaux livres, Paris, 2010.
  • La vie passera comme un rêve by Gilles Jacob, Robert Laffont Editions, Paris, 5th March 2009.
  • Le Festival de Cannes by Frédéric Mitterrand, Robert Laffont Editions, Paris, 2007.
  • Festival de Cannes 60ème anniversaire, les musiques originales les plus marquantes des films primés, 2 CD, 46 titles, produced by Naïve, E.U., 2007. 
  • 100 photos de Cannes, pour la liberté de la presse, collective book, Reporter Sans Frontières, Paris, 2007. 
  • Le Festival de Cannes by Emmanuel Scorcelletti, Michel Lafon, Coll. Beaux livres, Paris, 2007. 
  • Leçons de cinéma du Festival de Cannes, Collective book, Panama editions, Dijon, 2007. 
  • Le Festival de Cannes sur la scène internationale by Loredana Latil, Nouveau Monde éditions, Paris, 2005.
  • Cannes : premières années du Festival [Photography book] by Yves Manciet, Thoba's éd., Roanne, 2004
  • La Légende de Cannes de A à Z by Henry-Jean Servat, Assouline, Paris, 2004
  • Cannes : cris et chuchotements by Michel Pascal, NIL, Paris, 1997. 
  • Cinquante ans du Festival de Cannes by Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Ramsay, Paris, 1997. 
  • Les Visiteurs de Cannes : cinéastes à l'œuvre, directed by Gilles Jacob, Hatier, Paris 1992. 
  • Les Années Cannes, by J.M.G. Le Clézio and Robert Chazal, Hatier, Paris, 1987. 
  • Les Rendez-vous de Cannes, novel by Michel Lebrun, éditions Jean-Claude Lattès, Paris, 1986.
Works dedicated to the Festival de Cannes

Works dedicated to the Festival de Cannes © RR

Exploitation of photos and videos


All the principal national and international photographic agencies cover the event. The Festival, only having a droit moral over these photos, kindly contact them directly. 

Photographers during the Festival de Cannes in 2010 and 1979

Photographers during the Festival de Cannes in 2010 and 1979 © Karl Walter / AFP - Ralph Gatti / AFP


For commercialised audiovisual archives, please contact the following companies, according to the years you are interested in: 


  • Actualités Cinématographiques Françaises for footage between 1946 and 1970 
  • Sygma TV for 1983 to 1989 
    Contact: Gaumont / Pathé Archives Sales Department 
    Tel : 33 (0) 1 49 48 15 15 
  • French news footage for 1952 to 1998 (All the archives of François Chalais.) 
    Contact: INA Sales Department 
    33 (0) 1 44 23 12 51 
  • Festival de Cannes news footage for 1990 to 1999 
    Contact: Capa Télévision Sales Department 
    33 (0) 1 40 45 47 00 
  • Festival de Cannes Television for 1994 to 2000 
    Contact: Festival de Cannes Audiovisual Department 
    33 (0) 1 53 59 61 62
  • Festival de Cannes Television for 2001 to 2014
    Opening and Closing Ceremonies for 1993 to 2014
    Canal + (from July to January)
    Muriel SADOUN: /+33 (0) 1 71 35 28 29
    Delphine BEILLARD: /+33 (0) 1 71 35 25 15
Interview at the bottom of the red steps

Interview at the bottom of the red steps © François Durand / GettyImages
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