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As the 71st Cannes film festival opens in the south of France, the world’s press has their cameras focussed on the red carpet. But if you don’t work in the world of cinema it’s difficult to understand just what the event is for and why it even exists. Our reporters Olivia Salazar-Winspear and Aurore Dupuis take you through the basics.

What is the Cannes Film Festival?

As the 71st Cannes film festival opens in the south of France, the world’s press has their cameras focussed on the red carpet. But if you don’t work in the world of cinema it’s difficult to understand just what the event is for and why it even exists. Our reporters Olivia Salazar-Winspear and Aurore Dupuis take you through the basics.

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