The "Cannes On Air" project is the City Council's initiative to promote the creation of a major audiovisual hub in Cannes

The Festival du Film, the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, MIPTV, MIPCOM, Midem and CANNESERIES bring together the most prestigious audiovisual experts in an exceptional location with state-of-the-art facilities.

In consequence, Cannes City Council is developing the audiovisual sector with one clear objective: To equip the city with everything required for creating audiovisual content, producing an economic asset and market opportunity.


This programme was approved on 22 October, 2020 by an editorial and scientific committee made up of 20 prominent figures in society, and experts in the fields of cinema, audiovisual and communication, including the directors from Arte, Canal+, Gaumont and the Académie des César.

This initiative is further complemented by other groups and communities from the creative sector:

  • Institutional partners including the CNC and INA.

  • Association partners include: The Association Française du Festival International du Film, the Association Française du Festival International des Séries, the Guilde Française des Scénaristes, the Commission du Film des Alpes-Maritimes, the Société des Réalisateurs, le Syndicat de la Critique, Cannes Cinéma, Acid, Entre 2 marches and Ciné Croisette.

  • Training partners included: Université Côte d'Azur, ESRA Côte d'Azur, INA, ERACM, PNSD, University of California in Los Angeles, London Film School, LODZ Film School, MIDPOINT Institute, Berlin Film School, and Scuola Holden.

  • Private partners include: Vivendi and Canal+, Banijay, and Novelty.

  • Production companies: ADASTRA Films, Dramacorp, Beta Films and Tam Tam Fictions.

« CANNES ON AIR » it's…

La Bastide Rouge: A technology park dedicated to the Visual Arts and Creative industries

The Industry Incubator

Since 2014, Cannes has been home to the CréACannes Lérins business park, which includes an industry incubator, currently hosting 20 companies. These innovative companies are focused on three themes: Digital Imaging, the Creative Economy and the Spatial Economy.

The University Campus

1,200 students will soon be welcomed to follow a range of innovative courses on new writing and new media, notably offered by the Université Côte d'Azur (UCA) and the INA, like the courses run at the Institute du Storytelling, introduced in 2018:

  • The International Storytelling Chair created by Cannes City Council, Canal+/Vivendi, Université Côte d'Azur and its Foundation enables 16 young scriptwriters to specialise in writing and is run at two different sites: the CFU dedicated to feature films with the University of California in Los Angeles and the CSU dedicated to Series with the Serial Eyes school in Berlin

  • L’Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA), a key training provider for the audiovisual and new media industries offers two specific Audiovisual courses at UCA. They focus on series artistic direction and scriptwriting for virtual reality, scriptwriting and interactive storytelling

  • The CREATES Graduate Research School offers courses in analysing emerging issues and developments in Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts. Experts in audiovisual, media and film, sound and writing expert (LIRCES, CTEL and SICLAB) participate in the courses and contribute to research.

  • The Extended Reality Research and Creation Centre. A multi-disciplinary project dedicated to mixed realities, bringing together experts in Signal Processing, Data Flow Management, Simulation, and Humanities and Social Sciences, with a team of designers, scriptwriters, editors and artists.

These courses are in addition to those already offered in Cannes:

  • École régionale d’acteurs de Cannes et Marseille (ERACM): Learning about and understanding the audience, bases and development for theatrical performance, approaches to theatre's professional and regional environment, and more.

  • Lycée Carnot: BTS audiovisual diploma in Sound, Editing, Imaging, Production and Operational Management

  • Lycée Bristol: In 2021, a new BTS diploma audiovisual communication was introduced

Courses available


  • New Creative Writers
  • Masters / DE

  • Project Management for the Creative Industry - covering video gaming, visual arts and creativity
  • Project Management for the Creative Industry
  • Innovation, Creation and Digital Communication
  • Creative Journalism
  • Translation, Sub-titling, Voiceover
  • Creative Writing, Screenplays and Storytelling
  • Sound Design
  • Communication and Language Policies
  • Musical - Web Series
  • Audience and Reception Analysis/Audiovisual Distribution Market Management
  • Event Project Management
  • DU

  • Film Studies
  • Audiodescription Techniques
  • Industries and Game Studies (HTW Berlin) (2024)
  • Professional Publishing Content (2024)
  • Script Doctor (2024)
  • Chaire Talent Unlimited™ (UCA/City of Cannes/Vivendi-Canal+)
  • Cannes Séries/ Films Unlimited
  • Summer School UCA - INA – Cannes
  • Digital Design Experience
  • Showrunner - Series Art Director
  • Arts & Entrepreneurship Seminar (Berkeley Univ)
  • Writing for Voiceover
  • Content Creative Incubator (UCA/ Cannes/Banijayà
  • More informations:
    Agglomération Cannes Lérins
    Université Côte d'Azur

    The Business Park

    In Summer 2021, it is going to host businesses and developers (approx. a hundred participants), predominantly working in the Audiovisual sector, and will be equipped with professional studios to cater for the entire Audiovisual production chain.

    The Student Residence

    The City Council is also supporting a student residence project in La Bocca offering 170 units located in close proximity to superb sports and leisure facilities (including the Grand Bleu swimming complex, Cannes Garden Tennis Club, Palais des Victoires, cycle paths and an excellent bus service).

    Cineum Cannes multiplex cinema

The first multiplex in France to be fully equipped with Dolby Atmos and DTSX immersive sound
    • The second to include full laser projection
    • The largest Imax screen on the Côte d'Azur equal to the size of a tennis court
    • 12 theatres with seating for 2,450 people
    • All theatres with advanced technology offering a unique experience, will demand a premium ticket price, as will 3D projection screenings (including Imax, ScreenX, Aurore and Lodge. These technologies are not currently available in the region stretches as far as Toulon, and some are not available anywhere else in France.)

    The Avant-garde and Creativity

    Other "Cannes On Air" projects include:

    • The forthcoming expansion of the Palais des Festivals et Des Congrès, including a new projection theatre on the rooftop (to be completed in time for the 2024 Festival)
    • Creation of production and post-production studios through the so-called "Avant- garde" project
    • Setting up large film studios in the west of the city


    The Musée International du Cinéma et du Festival de Cannes

    « Providing Cannes with its own true Guggenheim of Cinema. A major international graphics museum dedicated to the Seventh Art, on a cultural, artistic and educational level. Interactive, for the general public and for visitors to the region to enjoy, showcasing our film heritage while paving the way for the future of cinema. »

    David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes

    Historical, cultural and geographical credentials

    The French film capital Cannes has been hosting the world's largest film festival and number one cultural event for over 70 years. Today it is an international and vital hub for Audiovisual Arts.

    An international hub for Audiovisual Arts and Creativity

    Events with an international scope are hosted each year at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès: the Cannes International Film Festival, the Cannes Lions Festival (an international festival for the advertising industry), MIPCOM, MIPTV, CANNESERIES, MIDEM and the NRJ Music Awards.

    A national project with an international scope

    The Musée International du Cinéma et du Festival is part of a structured approach to developing the Côte d'Azur's creative economy, with the aim of transforming the region into the "Silicon Valley for Audiovisual" based around Cannes. Sophia Antipolis and naturally Victorine Studios in Nice, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019, are an integral part of the Côte d'Azur film ecosystem.

    A clear ambition: A unique experience for visitors

    The aim is to provide France with an edutainment and tourist venue offering an immersive and original environment allowing visitors to discover how a film is created, produced and broadcast. A permanent exhibition will offer the opportunity to explore the history of cinema through the prestigious collections of major institutions who present, restore and broadcast works from this film heritage.