Editor looks back at Festival de Cannes: Rainy? Yes, but no less magical

June 28, 2012 | By Katie Stratton | Entertainment

In May 2012 the Getty Images team jet set to the South of France for the 65th annual Festival de Cannes. From our temporary office in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, we edited and distributed thousands of images from a wide range of events: from photo calls and red carpet premieres, to exclusive private parties and the prestigious amfAR Gala.

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The Getty Images photo editing team works hard amid the glamor of Festival de Cannes, shown here, behind the scenes at the amfAR gala. (Photo by Simone Joyner, Getty Images)




Actress and singer Kylie Minogue arrives at the 2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 24, 2012 in Cap D'Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR12/Getty Images for amfAR)


A lot has changed in the industry since photographers covered the first Cannes festival in 1946. Back then, everything was shot on film and had to be developed and processed before the rest of the world could glimpse the glamour and glitz of the red carpet. Today, we can syndicate worldwide in an instant, providing our customers with high quality images within moments of capture. Working on-site at the highest profile events, our editing team quickly scans through thousands of images to select the most defining shots. After making the necessary adjustments to size, crop and color, we quickly upload to the Getty Images Entertainment site so that images hit our feeds and are instantly accessible to media, worldwide.

This year, by the second day, the weather had forced our team into rain boots and umbrellas, but (fortunately) it was no bother to the A-list stars who still donned daring and distinctive red carpet styles.

Toward the end of the festival the sun came out and we rushed to the beaches of the fabulous French Rivera to claim our sweet pay-off for a festival well done!


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Jury member Diane Kruger attends the Closing Ceremony and "Therese Desqueyroux" premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festivalon May 27, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)



General view of rain and umbrellas at the "Confession Of A Child Of The Century" Premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

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Getty Images editors celebratte after wrapping another successful Festival de Cannes. (Photo by Philip Schulte, Getty Images)

Editor’s note: Katie Stratton, one of the 12 photo editors working onsite at Cannes, is a field editor based in Los Angeles.  Katie was lucky enough to work onsite at many of the glamorous parties at the festival, including heading up the editing team at amfAR.  In total, the editors ingested 215,245 photos and sent out 36,761 photos during the 12 day festival.

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  • Elyssia

    Very entertaining and expressively written — and the photos are stunning as well!