Cannes Culinary Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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I’m an international student. May I apply?

Yes. The American Pavilion welcomes international applications; we require only that applicants speak English.

I’ve already graduated from college. May I apply?

Yes; recent graduates (those who have graduated within two years of the Program dates) are welcome to apply.

Do I need to speak French to apply?

No, although it would be a plus. English is the only language required.

Do I need a current passport to apply?

We do not require proof of a valid passport to apply, but accepted students must provide this soon after their acceptance. We highly recommend applying for a passport at the beginning of the application process; it can take up to six weeks to obtain one. A good place to start is the US Department of State web site, or try calling your local post office. Please keep in mind your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended return date.

I’ve applied to the program before. Can you use my original application and consider me again?

No; you will need to reapply in full.

Can I get school credit for the program?

Many students have received internship credit for the program. If you are interested in obtaining credit, you will need to speak to your school about the correct procedure.

I can’t stay for the whole program. May I come late or leave early?

No; participants must attend the entire program.

My finals conflict with the program dates. What can I do?

This is a common issue since the Cannes Film Festival always takes place in May. We recommend talking to your individual professors to come up with an alternative to sitting traditional finals (e.g., taking them early or late, writing a paper instead, getting an “incomplete” and finishing any pending projects when you return). We are also happy to write a letter confirming your acceptance or speak to any professor about the matter.

If I’m accepted and later am unable to attend, can I get a refund of the program fee?

No. Festival accreditation is nontransferable and we are allotted a limited number of badges each year, meaning that if a student drops out, his or her Festival badge cannot be used for another student.

I am not from the US. How do I get a visa to travel to France?

You will need to contact your respective government organization that handles visas as requirements vary. We are happy to assist you with this process (such as writing a letter confirming acceptance), but getting any required travel documents is entirely the participant’s responsibility.

Are deadlines dates when you need something by or dates something needs to be sent by?

All deadlines are POSTMARK deadlines. We will consider materials as having arrived by the applicable deadline if that date is on the postmark stamp from the post office (or emailed by midnight PST on that date).

What does “passport-style photo” mean?

It means your photo must be:

  • ID-style, full front view of face with light background
  • No headwear or other items/people in the photo
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Color
  • Minimum size: 100×140 pixels
  • Maximum size: 1MB
  • Title of the file must include your full name (i.e.: Doe_John.jpg)

Why do you need my photo to consider my application?

Photos are not considered as part of the application. We request them so that if accepted, we can start the process of getting a participant’s Festival accreditation badge as soon as possible.

If accepted, will I get paid for my work assignment in Cannes?

No; the placements are non-paying. However, if you are in a service job (e.g., serving food or drinks), you are welcome to keep any tips you receive.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

Mature, independent, hard-working, outgoing students are successful in the program. Cannes is what you make of it, so to flourish in our Program, you need to be someone who makes things happen instead of waiting for them to happen.

If I am accepted, what are the travel dates?

The program begins on May 4 and ends on May 20.  You should arrive in Nice, France (NCE) on May 4 (preferably before 5:00pm) and depart on May 20 (preferably before 5:00pm).  Keep in mind that most flights leaving from the US, to arrive in Nice on May 4, will depart on May 3.


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