2016 Cannes Film Festival

The 69th Cannes Film Festival was held from 11 to 22 May 2016.[4] Australian director George Miller was the President of the Jury for the main competition.[5] French actor Laurent Lafitte was the host for the opening and closing ceremonies. On 15 March it was announced that Japanese director Naomi Kawase would serve as the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury president.[6] American director Woody Allen's film Café Society opened the festival.[2][7]

2016 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 69th Cannes Film Festival featuring a still from Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 film Contempt, with Michel Piccoli ascending the Casa Malaparte[1]
Opening filmCafé Society[2]
Closing filmI, Daniel Blake[3]
LocationCannes, France
Founded1946
AwardsPalme d'Or (I, Daniel Blake)
Hosted byLaurent Lafitte
No. of films21 (In Competition)
18 (Un Certain Regard)
10 (Short Film)
Festival date11–22 May 2016
Websitefestival-cannes.com/en

The Palme d'Or was awarded to the British film I, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach,[8][9] which also served as closing film of the festival.[3] At a press conference, Loach said that he was "quietly stunned" to win.[10]


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