The Festival de Cannes welcomes the fast-expanding community of film-producing countries to the Village International. Each national pavilion in the Village acts as a small embassy where filmmakers can showcase and celebrate their cultural identities, their institutions and the diversity of their creative work. In a word, they can defend their own approach to cinema while taking advantage of the possibilities of emulation offered by a highly stimulating environment.
Moviemakers from around the world are thus encouraged to form fruitful relationships during their time in Cannes. The development of the Village International since 2000 is a token of the importance of its role,
growing from a dozen or so pavilions to more than sixty in the ten years of its existence.
In 2011, the Village International will play host for the first time to Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia and Montenegro as well as welcoming old friends from Argentina, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Cypress, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong-Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland , Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Morocco, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Quebec, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi), the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union pavilion and the World Cinema pavilion complete the line-up.
A large number of bodies representing French and European cinema also have their own pavilions: the French Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the Sweden Film Commission, the SACD, Film France and its commissioning network, the Commission Supérieure Technique, the Rendez-vous des Exploitants, Unifrance, the Atelier du Festival, the Agence du Patrimoine immatériel de l’Etat, the Pavillon de l’adaptation littéraire (Literary Adaptation Pavilion), the Pavillon de la Musique (Music Pavilion), the Canal + Patio, the Producers’ Club, the PACA Regional Council and the Vienna Film commissio