|Enjoying the buzz of Cannes: a pair of entrepreneurial festival goers hold up placards for tickets to the film premiere of The Neon Demon by Nicolas Winding Refn. Cover picture and all images below by Elli Ioannou|
Artist and photographer Elli Ioannou captures the spontaneous joy and celebration at this year's Cannes Film Festival along with the more prosaic moments waiting behind the scenes
|Photographers & locals crane to see the stars|
|Limousines disgorge actors on to the red carpet|
You need to be a film aficionado to recognise many of the film directors, cinematographers, producers, sound and costume designers who crowd the Croisette or exclusive night clubs like David Lynch’s cool Silencio and the fashion parties at the Hotel Majestic where the façade of the building is lit up with projections of scenes from the films in competition at Cannes.
But both the press and the public at Cannes are star hungry and when anyone in a tuxedo or a long slinky dress exits a limousine or the Ritz Carlton, banks of cameras begin flashing. The actors, directors and producers make a leisurely walk along the red swathe of carpet encased by a phalanx of photographers, (Quentin Tarantino made a memorable dance all the way along it in 2014) that leads up to the Palais des Festivals where the films will be screened. When they reach the top of the stairs, the stars turn and make a final photo call before disappearing into the screening.
It's also a tradition in this pretty seaside town for locals and visitors alike to line up overnight with their ladders and portable seats so they get a prime position for a first glimpse of the actors walking up the red carpet. A buzz of excited conversation and layers of ladders and garden chairs form small communities around the pathways leading the actors up to the broad entrance of the Palais des Festivals. Everyone is in a festive mood. And why not? When in Cannes, it feels like you can.
For the complete list of who won what, visit: www.festival-cannes.com/en/selection/competition-1
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|On the way to the festival's daytime film screenings|
|Evening dress in the mid-afternoon is common attire at Cannes|
|Layers of ladders ready for their owners to take up position when the red carpet arrivals begin|
|French gendarmes are happy to help the evening-gowned actor/director Yolanda Ross find her way back to the red carpet|
|Taking care of business is the second most important thing at Cannes|
|"Is my skirt on back to front?" ~ Another evening dress dilemma on a sunny afternoon|
|Dressed for comfort if not style at the market place where you can meet producers & film distributors from all over the world.|
|Gathered outside Chanel to watch the passing parade|
|Cannes' signature blue skies and palm trees always add a sparkle to the film deals happening at the festival's market|
|By the end of the Cannes Film Festival, the red carpets look like they have had a lot of traffic in eleven days|
|Dog day afternoon: last photographs as the cleaners move in at the end of the festival|