The 69th annual
Cannes Film Festival was held from 11 to 22 May 2016.
 Australian director
George Miller was the President of the Jury for the main competition.
 French actor
Laurent Lafitte was the host for the opening and closing ceremonies. On 15 March it was announced that Japanese director
Naomi Kawase would serve as the
Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury president.
 American director
Woody Allen's film
Café Society opened the festival.
Palme d'Or was awarded to the British film
I, Daniel Blake directed by
 which also served as closing film of the festival.
 At a press conference, Loach said that he was "quietly stunned" to win.