General Information

Cannes, France

Since 1989, The American Pavilion has offered students the opportunity to participate in The Worldwide Student Programs, a collection of internship/educational programs that takes place at The Cannes International Film Festival. There are four distinct programs offered at Cannes:

The Cannes Film & Business Program
The Cannes Hospitality & Event Management Program
The Cannes Alumni Program
The Cannes Culinary Program

Thousands of industry professionals including award winners such as Morgan J.Freeman (whose film Hurricane Streets became the first narrative film to win three awards at The Sundance Film Festival), Jeff Nichols (Director, Writer, Producer, Take Shelter & Mud), and Alexa Alemanni (SAG Award-winning actress) are alumni of the program. All program participants receive accreditation to the Festival, a privilege normally reserved only for industry professionals.

Prior to the start of the Festival, students participate in a pre-Festival orientation and tour of Cannes. During this time students attend workshops and seminars designed to help them gain a greater understanding of the history of The Cannes Film Festival and the business side of the film industry. Once the Festival begins, students start their daily four-to-six-hour work placement with The American Pavilion (which includes a restaurant, bar, coffee bar, and conference center), with one of our sponsors, or with other companies doing business at the Festival. All students have the opportunity to meet and interact with industry professionals, observing firsthand the fast-paced nature of the Festival and Market.

During the Festival, students participate in The Roundtable Series, which allows students to have small group discussions with noted individuals from both the creative and business side of the film industry. This programming is available only to students participating in The American Pavilion Worldwide Student Programs. Past guests in The Roundtable Series include Tim RothJude Law, Will Forte, Charlie Kauffman, and Michael Moore.

Participants also receive membership to The American Pavilion which provides them access (work schedule and space permitting) to programming in The Roger Ebert Conference Center. The center hosts panel discussions on topics ranging from film financing to the future of independent film. The In Conversation Series pairs leading journalists with industry thought leaders. Past participants in the series include Francis Ford Coppola, Malcolm McDowellWong Kar WaiTerry GilliamCarrie Fisher, Andie MacDowell, Bruce Dern, Jeff Nichols, Jessica Chastain, Michael Madsen, Josh Charles, and James Franco.

Since 1989, The American Pavilion has been a fixture on the Cannes landscape, and the hub of the U.S. film industry’s presence at the Cannes International Film Festival. The Pavilion is a membership-based communications and hospitality center for journalists, publicists, celebrities, filmmakers, and motion picture executives working at the Festival. The Pavilion is located in the International Village adjacent to the Palais (the main venue for competition film screenings) and the Cannes Film Market, which features over 4,000 companies from more than 100 countries.

This internship/educational program is unique and highly competitive. As acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis, candidates who apply by the Early Decision deadline have an increased chance of acceptance into the program.



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