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Cannes Ceremony 69th Cannes Film Festival Officially Kicks Off.

The 69th Cannes film festival officially kicked off in the French sea resort of Cannes, with 21 films competing for awards.

Following the red carpet ceremony, in which the jury and crew of the opening film were presented to the public, the opening ceremony, hosted by French comedian Laurent Lafitte, took place in the film festival palace.

This year's opening film was "Cafe Society" by American film director Woody Allen. His other films, "Hollywood Ending" and "Midnight in Paris," opened the festival in 2002 and 2011 respectively.

Headed by Australian film director George Miller, nine jury members will view the 21 films and announce the award winners on may 22, the last day of the film festival.

The 21 films, including three from Asia, were selected among the 1,869 entries in April to compete for the Palme D'or At The Annual Event.

According to organizers, about 40,000 film industry professionals are participating in this year's film festival, including 4,500 journalists from around the world.