The Cannes Film Festival is best known in the industry as one of the elite film festivals for both independents and studios productions alike, and it takes place annually in the beautiful countryside of Cannes, France. The international festival lasts for a week and a half in May and is highly regarded in terms of film festivals, because it is where every country has the opportunity to showcase their art of cinema (whether independent or studio based) to a wide audience, yielding a great opportunity to garner distribution deals.
Many first time directors or indie projects are premiered and discovered at the festival for larger commercial distribution such as films like, Sicario (2015) from Director Vilenueve, which was later nominated for 3 Academy Awards, or Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009), Coen brothers No Country For Old Men (2007), even Singer's The Usual Suspects (1995) to name a few that ended up winning Academy Awards.
Every year the festival boasts of some surprising film that wows the jury along with audience members, and 2016 was no different. However, one unique aspect of this year's festival is that there were pivotal films that showcased a trend of strong female filmmakers and characters at the forefront.
Many familiar faces in terms of the women who were showcased include performances by Julia Roberts, Kristen Stewart, and Elle Fanning, but there were lesser knowns highlighted such as, Maria Dragus, Andrea Arnold, and even Emma Suarèz. Be sure to take a look at the article from Indie Wire here that gives a great description of each film and their great female adaptations and performances.
For more great info about the women at this years Cannes Film Festival be sure to check out Live Fast, and stay tuned for the trend of strong females to grow in the coming years of Hollywood filmmaking.