Official poster of the 21st Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by Beaugendre.
|Opening film||Gone with the Wind|
|Closing film||Rocky Road to Dublin|
(Final film screened)
|Awards||No awards given|
|Hosted by||Grace Kelly|
|No. of films||28 (In Competition)|
4 (Out of competition)
11 (Short Film)
|Festival date||10 May 1968– 24 May 1968|
The festival opened with the restored version of Gone with the Wind, directed by Victor Fleming. Peter Lennon's documentary Rocky Road to Dublin was to be the final film screened at the festival on 17 May. Immediately after the screening Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Lelouch and François Truffaut got on stage and announced that, in solidarity with the workers and the students who were protesting across France, the festival was to end. Many of the directors withdrew their films from the festival. Next day on May 18, 1968, the screening of Peppermint Frappé by Carlos Saura was canceled, which caused commotion in the audience who wanted the festival to go on. Finally on May 19, five days before the end of festival's scheduled, the festival was called off. American film actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly served as the host of the opening and closing ceremonies.
From the 28 films that were selected to compete for the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film, only 11 were screened.
The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1968 feature film competition:
The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:
Not presented because of the interruption of the festival: