The Cannes Film Festival, which is normally closed to the public, is releasing 1,000 free festival badges to young-adult film fanatics.

In the festival’s 71st year, organisers are introducing free ‘Three Days in Cannes’ passes, set aside specifically for young-adults – from 18-28 years of age -the only condition is you hold a current passport. People from all corners of the world are invited to apply, but will need to organise their own travel and accommodation.

During the last three days of the festival, these passes will grant entry to the anticipated Official Selection, which include films that are in and out of competition, as well as titles in the Special Screenings, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Classics, Cinéma de la Plage sections.

Those interested are required to submit photo identification and letters stating why they are passionate about film. There is no submission deadline however, and passes will be given away out until they have run-out. Only 1000 badges are available and successful applicants will be notified via email, and will need have them picked-up in person.

Highly anticipated events from the festival include two-time Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language opener ‘Everybody Knows,’ as well as the world premiere of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘.

The Cannes Film Festival begins May 8 and runs through until May 19.

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