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The European Commission gets ready for Cannes

Starting on 16th May 2023, the 76th edition of Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Film Market will gather cinephiles and professionals of the industry in Cannes.

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The European Commission will participate with several events and its supported titles via Creative Europe MEDIA programme.

European Film Forum “Looking ahead: a vision for the European audiovisual and media industries”

  • Thursday 18 May 2023, from 10:00 to 11:00
  • Main stage, Palais des festivals, Cannes
  • Streamed online on DigitalEU

The conference will focus on the competitiveness of the European media and audiovisual industries, and the challenges and opportunities of European companies. While the recovery from the pandemic is ongoing, the sector is facing increased competition from global players in many segments, including in emerging production technologies. Speakers will share their diagnoses on the state of the sector and the attractiveness of European productions and will discuss latest trends on consumption. They will reflect on how to adapt their business models and build on their assets today so as to better serve tomorrow’s audiences.


  • Keynote speech by Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market
  • Fireside chat by Pierre-Antoine Capton, Co-founder and CEO of Mediawan
  • Panel discussion moderated by Marjorie Paillon, Host, speaker and producer
    • Bruno Patino, CEO of ARTE
    • Teresa Fernández-Valdés, independent producer and founder of Bambu productions
    • Daniela Elstner, Executive Director of UniFrance
  • Closing remarks by Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director for Media Policy, European Commission

More information about the speakers here.

Unveiling the “European Media Industry Outlook”

  • Saturday 20 May 2023, from 16:00 to 16:30
  • Palais Stage, Palais des festivals, Cannes
  • Streamed online on DigitalEU

The European Commission will present the results of its “European Media Industry Outlook”, a report on industry developments in the audiovisual, media and videogames sectors across the EU. It will unveil new data on audience preferences and consumption, explore demand and supply trends, and report on the potential impact of these trends on the European media market and business models.

The session will be moderated by Sten Saluveer, and presented by Lucia Recalde and Bastien Remy, respectively Head of Unit and Policy Officer at Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programmes, DG CNECT, European Commission.

Showcase of supported films

This year 9 works supported by the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe will be showcased during Cannes Film Festival, four of them are short-listed in the official and therefore competing for the Palme D’Or.

Official competition

Out of Competition

Cannes Première                     

Special Screenings       

Un Certain Regard

Parallel sections of the Cannes Film Festival