Festival De Cannes® will present the Palme d’Or film award, the top award at Cannes. This year marks the 71st year this film festival continues to influence film worldwide. There are 22 films official selected for Palme d’Or film award.nnJury Palme D’Or Festival De Cannes®nnPalme d’Or film award jury is presided over by Cate Blanchett, Australian actress, and producer. She fields lots of questions about gender and the festival during the opening press conference. Festival De Cannes® chose only 3 women directors to present this year. She says, “Three female directors in the competition earned their spots.” She goes on to say, “Being attractive does not preclude being intelligent.”  Five women and four men from seven nationalities and four continents join her:nnChang Chen (Chinese Actor)nnChang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day. He rose to fame in the Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000.nnAva DuVernay (American writer, director, producer)nnNominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe and winner of the BAFTA and EMMY, Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor known for the historical drama Selma(2014)nnRobert Guédiguian (French director, writer, producer)nnThe work of Robert Guédiguian, an activist filmmaker, celebrates the city of Marseille where he grew up. Acclaimed by critics when he first started directing in the 80s, he met public success with Marius and Jeannette, which won the Prix Louis-Delluc in 1997.nnKhadja Nin (Burundian songwriter, composer, singer)nnYoungest of a family of eight Khadja Nin studied music at an early age, before leaving Africa to go to Europe. Her albums are a mix of occidental pop music, African and afro-cuban rhythms.nnLéa Seydoux (French actress)nnRising to fame with Christophe Honoré’s The Beautiful Personin 2008, Léa Seydoux is an award-winning actress, notably the Palme d’or for Abdelatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour in 2013.nnKristen Stewart (American actress)nnKristen Stewart has been playing roles since an early age and received widespread recognition in 2008 for The TwilightSaga film series (2008–12).nnDenis Villeneuve (Canadian director, writer)nnInternationally renowned and recently two-time Academy Award winner for Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve made his debut at the National Film Board of Canada in the early 90’s.nnAndrey Zvyagintsev (Russian director, writer)nnMulti-award winning filmmaker Andreï Zvyagintsev has already become one of the most respected directors in Russian and international cinema. He directed his first feature film in 2003 The Return, which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.nnPalme d’Or In Competition Festival De Cannes®nnThis year’s official Festival De Cannes® selection for the Palme d’Or is highly anticipated and exceptional films. Films come from all over the world representing top directing and actors. Jury members bring a strong influence from their careers, strong backgrounds, and talent that is an asset to this choice of the best film.nnThis year’s Festival De Cannes® official choice for the Palme d’Or is highly anticipated and exceptional films. These nominated films come from all over the world representing top directing and actors include:nnAsghar FARHADI TODOS LO SABEN (EVERYBODY KNOWS)nnStéphane BRIZÉ AT WARnnNuri Bilge CEYLAN AHLAT AGACI (THE WILD PEAR TREE)nnSergey DVORTSEVOY AYKAnnMatteo GARRONE DOGMANnnJean-Luc GODARD LE LIVRE D’IMAGE (THE IMAGE BOOK)nnYann GONZALEZ KNIFE HEARTnnRyusuke HAMAGUCHI  NETEMO SAMETEMO (ASAKO I & II) (ASAKO I & II)nnChristophe HONORÉ SORRY ANGELnnEva HUSSON GIRLS OF THE SUNnnJIA Zhang-Ke JIANG HU ER NV (ASH IS PUREST WHITE)nnKORE-EDA Hirokazu MANBIKI KAZOKU (SHOPLIFTERS)nnNadine LABAKI CAPERNAUMnnLEE Chang-Dong BURNINGnnSpike LEE BLACKKKLANSMAN nnDavid Robert MITCHELL UNDER THE SILVER LAKEnnJafar PANAHI SE ROKH (THREE FACES)nnPawel PAWLIKOWSKI ZIMNA WOJNA (COLD WAR)nnAlice ROHRWACHER LAZZARO FELICE (HAPPY AS LAZZARO)nnKirill SEREBRENNIKOV LETOnnA.B. SHAWKY YOMEDDINE 1st filmnnTerry GILLIAM THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTEnnYou can see the screening guide here. This award is announced May 19 at the film festival closing ceremony.nnThis 71st year will continue to evolve film worldwide. 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