During its March 23rd meeting, the Board of Directors of the Association Française du Festival International du Film which includes government officials and film industry members elected the Festival’s new President.
Iris Knobloch was elected President of the Festival. She is the first female President of the International Film Festival.
She will take office on July 1 and her three-year mandate will cover the 2023, 2024, and 2025 editions.
Iris said, “I feel deeply honored that France has elected me President of the Festival de Cannes. As a heartfelt European, I have always stood for cinema throughout my career, both in France and internationally, and I’m thrilled to be able to give my all so that this world event remains influential – it’s a major event that is key to keeping alive the cultural life of a world that, more than ever, desperately needs it. A film of cinema seen in a theater remains a key artistic expression and the Festival de Cannes, with its selection so unique, shows the way every year.”
General Delegate Thierry Frémaux added, “My team and I are thrilled to see Iris Knobloch join us. Her election will help strengthen the Festival’s resolve to stay as close to its beliefs as possible. We have many challenges coming our way and we will do our utmost to make sure cinema and the Festival that embodies it, occupy the position they deserve while strongly affirming their artistic and political necessity.”