The Cannes Festival is strictly for film professionals, but you can still be part of the action, provided you're patient.
The Directors' Fortnight is open to the public through a subscription system and ticket sales at the door. Advance tickets are not available: go to the counters on the Malmaison esplanade 50 minutes before screening time.
International Critics' Week also has some free tickets, which you can get at the ticket office of the Espace Miramar. Non-accredited spectators can join the ‘last minute' file, which will allow them to attend screenings for free in some cinemas.
Cinéma de la Plage hosts nightly 9:30 p.m. screenings of ‘Cannes Classics'. Restored copies or unreleased films, these outdoor screenings are free and open to the public (subject to availability).
Finally, the Festival's opening and closing ceremonies are shown live and unencrypted on the French TV channel Canal +.
Cinéma de la Plage
8, boulevard de la Croisette
47, boulevard de la Croisette
open Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and 12 - 20 May 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
International Critics' Week
open Wednesday 11 May 2016 to Friday 20 May 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
11 - 22 May 2016