Cannes Student Program Details

Important Info:

Application Deadline: February 17, 2023
Program Fee Final Due Date: March 15, 2023

Program Fee: $4,895 ($4,495 if paid by Dec. 31!)
Cannes Alumni Program Fee: $3,950

Program Dates: May 14–28, 2023

Applications from qualified candidates are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates who are interviewed and accepted and make full payment by December 31, 2022 qualify automatically for a discounted program fee of $4,495.

Program Fee includes:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
  • Shared accommodation in a European-style residence apartment (a 10-minute drive from the Festival)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome Party and End-of-Program Party
  • Unique and exclusive Cannes International Film Festival accreditation allowing privileged access reserved to The American Pavilion participants
  • Membership to The American Pavilion
  • Admission to The Roundtable Series (schedule permitting)
  • Access to The American Pavilion in-house ticketing system

Flight/Travel Arrangements:

If accepted, participants are responsible for travel arrangements to and from Nice, France. 

Application Requirements

1. Completed online application form with essay questions

2. Current résumé 

3. Unofficial college (or high school) transcript – If you haven't received grades from your current college, please include your high school transcript (or previous school transcript) along with a list of your current classes.

4. Photo for Festival credentials – Photo should be ID-style, of face only, with a light background and no headwear or other items/people in the photo. Format: jpeg; minimum dimensions: 300×420 pixels; maximum file size: 1 mb.

5. Non-refundable application fee of $55 


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 an interview and notified of a decision on a first come, first served basis.

To qualify for the early discount, we recommend submitting your application by December 1, 2022 so you can complete your interview and, if accepted, make the full payment by the December 31, 2022 deadline.

Candidates are encouraged to apply early as the program can fill up quickly.

Conditions of Acceptance

If accepted into the program, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due within 1 week of acceptance to hold your spot.

To qualify for the early discount, the balance of $3,995 is due by December 31, 2022. If full payment is not completed by December 31, the balance due will be $4,395, payable no later than March 15, 2023. Please note that all fees are non-refundable.

Cannes Alumni: The balance of $3,450 is due no later than March 15, 2023. Please note that all fees are non-refundable.

Failure to comply with the above stated conditions may result in forfeiting your place in the program.


*Program fees are non-refundable. Acceptance can be deferred to a future year only if participation is not possible due to travel restrictions, date change, or cancellation by the Festival. Additional fees may be necessary if housing costs are increased due to COVID safety compliance. Any increase will be announced before May, and students who choose not to participate because of this will be entitled to a full refund of any payments made.

Adherence to all COVID-19 safety protocols will be required. Depending upon conditions at the time of travel, this could include proof of vaccination, masking, and/or frequent testing. We will keep participants updated regarding policies and safety measures put forth by the French State Department and the Festival organization.