The 69th 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.
The Palme d'Or was awarded to the British film I, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach, which also served as closing film of the festival. At a press conference, Loach said that he was "quietly stunned" to win.
- George Miller, Australian film director, Jury President
- Arnaud Desplechin, French film director
- Kirsten Dunst, American actress
- Valeria Golino, Italian actress and film director
- Mads Mikkelsen, Danish actor
- László Nemes, Hungarian film director
- Vanessa Paradis, French actress and singer
- Katayoon Shahabi, Iranian film producer
- Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor
- Marthe Keller, Swiss actress, President
- Jessica Hausner, Austrian film director
- Diego Luna, Mexican actor and film director
- Ruben Östlund, Swedish film director
- Céline Sallette, French actress
- Catherine Corsini, French film director and actress, President
- Jean-Christophe Berjon, French film critic
- Alexander Rodnyansky, Ukrainian film producer
- Isabelle Frilley, French CEO of Titra Film
- Jean-Marie Dreujou, French cinematographer
- Naomi Kawase, Japanese film director, President
- Marie-Josée Croze, Franco-Canadian actress
- Jean-Marie Larrieu, French film director
- Radu Muntean, Romanian film director
- Santiago Loza, Argentine film director and playwright
Nespresso Grand Prize (International Critics' Week)
- Valérie Donzelli, French film director and actress, President
- Alice Winocour, French film director
- Nadav Lapid, Israeli film director
- David Robert Mitchell, American film director
- Santiago Mitre, Argentine film director
- Gianfranco Rosi, Italian documentary film director, President
- Anne Aghion, French-American documentary film director
- Natacha Régnier, Belgian actress
- Thierry Garrel, French artistic consultant and director of documentaries for Arte TV
- Amir Labaki, Brazilian film critic and curator
- Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, French film directors, Presidents
- Emilie Brisavoine, French film director and actress
- João Federici, Brazilian artistic director of Festival MixBrasil
- Marie Sauvion, French film journalist
The films competing in the main competition section for the Palme d'Or were announced at a press conference on 14 April 2016: The Salesman, directed by Asghar Farhadi was added to the competition lineup on 22 April 2016. The Palme d'Or winner has been highlighted.
The films competing in the Un Certain Regard section were announced at a press conference on 14 April 2016: Clash, directed by Mohamed Diab, was announced as the opening film for the Un Certain Regard section. Hell or High Water, directed by David Mackenzie was added to the Un Certain Regard lineup on 22 April 2016. The Un Certain Regard Prize winner has been highlighted.
The Cinéfondation section focuses on films made by students at film schools. The following 18 entries (14 fiction films and 4 animation films) were selected out of 2,300 submissions. More than one-third of the films selected represent schools participating in Cinéfondation for the first time. It is also the first time that a film representing Bosnian and Venezuelan film schools have been selected. More than half of the films selected were directed by women. The winner of the Cinéfondation First Prize has been highlighted.
The full line-up for the Cannes Classics section was announced on 20 April 2016.
The Cinéma de la Plage is a part of the Official Selection of the festival. The outdoors screenings at the beach cinema of Cannes are open to the public.
The full selection for the International Critics' Week section was announced on 18 April 2016, at the section's website. In Bed with Victoria, directed by Justine Triet was selected as the opening film for the International Critics' Week section, while the short films Bonne Figure, directed by Sandrine Kiberlain, En Moi, directed by Laetitia Casta, and Kitty, directed by Chloë Sevigny were selected as its closing films.
Feature films - The winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize has been highlighted.
Shorts films - The winner of the Discovery Award for Short Film has been highlighted.
The full selection for the Directors' Fortnight section was announced on 19 April 2016, at the section's website. Sweet Dreams, directed by Marco Bellocchio was selected as the opening film for the Directors' Fortnight section and Dog Eat Dog, directed by Paul Schrader was selected as the closing film for the Directors' Fortnight section.
Feature films - The winner of the Art Cinema Award has been highlighted.
Short films - The winner of the Illy Prize for Short Film has been highlighted.
The Association for Independent Cinema and its Distribution (ACID), an association of French and foreign film directors, demonstrates its support for nine films each year, seeking to provide support from filmmakers to other filmmakers. The full ACID selection was announced on 19 April 2016, at the section's website.
- Palme d'Or: I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach
- Grand Prix: It's Only the End of the World by Xavier Dolan
- Jury Prize: American Honey by Andrea Arnold
- Best Director: Cristian Mungiu for Graduation Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper
- Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi for The Salesman
- Best Actress: Jaclyn Jose for Ma' Rosa
- Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini for The Salesman
- Honorary Palme d'Or: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Un Certain Regard
- Un Certain Regard Award: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki by Juho Kuosmanen
- Un Certain Regard Jury Prize: Harmonium by Kōji Fukada
- Un Certain Regard Award for Best Director: Matt Ross for Captain Fantastic
- Un Certain Regard Award for Best Screenplay: Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin for The Stopover
- Un Certain Regard Special Prize: The Red Turtle by Michael Dudok de Wit
- First Prize: Anna by Or Sinai
- Second Prize: In the Hills by Hamid Ahmadi
- Third Prize: The Noise of Licking by Nadja Andrasev & The Guilt, Probably by Michael Labarca
- Short Film Palme d'Or: Timecode by Juanjo Giménez
- Special Mention: The Girl Who Danced with the Devil by João Paulo Miranda Maria
- Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade (In Competition)
- Dogs by Bogdan Mirică (Un Certain Regard)
- Raw by Julia Ducournau (International Critics' Week)
Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist
- Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: It's Only the End of the World by Xavier Dolan
- Commendations: I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach American Honey by Andrea Arnold
Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week
- Nespresso Grand Prize: Mimosas by Oliver Laxe
- France 4 Visionary Award: Album by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu
- SACD Award: Diamond Island by Davy Chou
- Leica Cine Discovery Prize for Short Film: Prenjak by Wregas Bhanuteja
- Canal+ Award: Birth of a Leader by Antoine de Bary
- Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Award: One Week and a Day by Asaph Polonsky
Awards in the frame of Directors' Fortnight
- Art Cinema Award: Wolf and Sheep by Shahrbanoo Sadat
- SACD Award: The Together Project by Sólveig Anspach
- SACD special mention: Divines by Houda Benyamina
- Europa Cinemas Label Award: Mercenary by Sacha Wolff
- Illy Prize for Short Film: Chasse Royal by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret
- Illy special mention: The Beast by Miroslav Sikavica
L'Œil d'or Jury
- L'Œil d'or: Cinema Novo by Eryk Rocha
- Special Mention: The Cinema Travelers by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
- Queer Palm Award: The Lives of Thérèse by Sébastien Lifshitz
- Short Film Queer Palm: Gabber Lover by Anna Cazenave Cambet
Palm Dog Jury
- Palm Dog Award: Nellie for Paterson
- Grand Jury Prize: Jacques for In Bed with Victoria
- Palm Dog Manitarian Award: Ken Loach for showcasing a three-legged dog named Shea in I, Daniel Blake
Prix François Chalais
Cannes Soundtrack Award