Cannes Film & Business Program

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Learn, Work, Connect

  • Learn

    • Pre-Festival orientation

    • Participate in The Roundtable Series

    • Attend Festival and Market screenings

  • Work

    • Complete an internship at The American Pavilion, the de facto headquarters for the American film community, or at a company doing business at the Marché du Film. Partner companies include talent agencies, production/distribution companies (both domestic and international), trade publications, and PR firms.

  • Connect

    • Screen your film in the Roger Ebert Conference Center

    • Network with industry insiders

    • Meet like-minded students from all over the world

Cannes with AmPav is still hands-down one of the highlights of my life. Not just my career, my life.
—James Cooper, Cannes Alumnus, 2008 & LA Intensive Alumnus, 2007

Registration Process

Application Requirements

Applications are considered complete when Items 1-3 have been uploaded to the The American Pavilion site, Items 4-5 received via email to, and a $75 non-refundable application fee has been paid online.

1. Application form

2. Essay questions

3. One standard passport-style headshot photo for identification in digital .jpg format. Minimum dimensions: 100×140 pixels, maximum file size: 1 mb. File must be titled as applicant’s full name (i.e.: Doe_John.jpg).

4. Copy of unofficial college (or high school) transcript

5. Current resumé. Resumé MUST include two personal references at the bottom — one professor or academic advisor, and one current or former employer — listing their names and titles, their relationships to you (e.g. professor or employer), and their email addresses and phone numbers. If you have never been employed you may use a different professor or other faculty from your school as your second reference. *Please kindly note that letters of recommendation are not required, we only ask for the contact information of your references as stated above.


Completed applications are reviewed by The American Pavilion Selection Committee on a rolling basis. Candidates who meet all of the requirements for admission will be contacted for a telephone interview and notified of a decision on a first come, first served basis.

All completed applications received by December 7, 2018 will be considered Early Decision. Candidates are encouraged to apply early as the program can fill up quickly.

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Conditions of Acceptance

If accepted into the program, applicant has four days to confirm participation in the program. Failure to confirm acceptance may result in losing your place in the program.


If accepted Early Decision, a non-refundable payment of $2000 is due within two weeks of acceptance to hold your place in the program. An additional non-refundable payment of $1950 is due 30 days later.


If accepted General Admission, a non-refundable payment of $3950 due within two weeks of acceptance. Failure to comply with the above stated conditions may result in forfeiting your place in the program.

Important Dates:

Early Decision Deadline: December 7, 2018
General Admission Deadline: February 8, 2019

Flight/Travel Arrangements:

If accepted in the program, students are responsible for travel arrangements to and from Nice, France.

Program Fee: $3950, includes:

  • 14 nights of shared accommodation with three to four other participants in a European-style residence apartment a 10-minute drive from the Festival.
  • Unique and exclusive Cannes International Film Festival accreditation allowing privileged access reserved for American Pavilion participants
  • Airport pick-up on arrival day
  • Airport drop-off on departure day
  • Daily breakfast
  • Membership to The American Pavilion
  • Guidance from an industry advisor
  • Admission to The Roundtable Series (work schedule permitting)
  • Access to The American Pavilion in-house ticketing system
  • End-of-program party


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