Roll out the red carpet. We're off to Cannes for a family holiday

As the world's movie stars and directors head for the French seaside resort, Jonathan Brown asks if it's possible to take a budget break in this Mediterranean haunt of the rich and famous

Cannes film festival is set to live up to the Croisette's loopily gory tradition

Terror and gore are nothing new at the film festival, and with vampire priests, bloodthirsty Nazi hunters and creepy crows, this year won't disappoint – though Coco Chanel's fragrant presence might temper the screams. Jonathan Romney previews the best the Croisette has to offer

Tribeca Film Festival - The stars return to New York

Robert De Niro's Tribeca film festival finally came of age this year, overshadowing Cannes and Sundance. Kaleem Aftab was there

The Outback's Samson and Delilah

An Aboriginal love story starring two untrained actors has created a huge buzz ahead of the Cannes Film Festival

Julian Hall: In the Loop

In The Loop, the eagerly anticipated big screen extension of political TV comedy The Thick Of It, will open in cinemas on April 17th. Already seen at Sundance, I caught another opportunity for a sneak preview before the general release at a screening last night in London.

Veronica Lee: Have you something to tell us, lads?

Film portrayals of lesbians suggest they are simply to be ogled or laughed at

'Australia' competition winner announced

To celebrate the London Australian Film Festival, which runs from 12-22 March at the Barbican in London, and the DVD/Blu-ray release of Baz Lurhmann's Australia, The Independent and the Barbican are teaming up to offer you the chance to win a Canon digital camera and to see your work exhibited at the Barbican.

Today the winner and runners up were announced.

Click on the image (right) to see the winning picture, the runners up and a selection of other entrants' photographs.

Anvil: the real-life Spinal Tap

Anvil are the Canadian rockers now taking cinemas by storm. The film's director Sacha Gervasi recalls their unforgettable first meeting

Win a Canon camera with your view of Australia

To celebrate the London Australian Film Festival, which runs from 12-22 March at the Barbican in London, and the DVD/Blu-ray release of Baz Lurhmann's Australia, The Independent and the Barbican are teaming up to offer you the chance to win a Canon digital camera and to see your work exhibited at the Barbican.

Money talks at the Berlin Film Festival

Movies at the Berlin Film Festival have an international flavour, but it's for financial, not artistic reasons, says Kaleem Aftab

Oscar glory for the next Wallace & Gromit?

A peculiarly British cartoon by two East End animators is in the hunt for an Oscar, reports Jonathan Brown

Brits in the thick of it at Sundance

A satirical political comedy by Armando Iannucci has taken Robert Redford's indie film festival by storm. Gaynor Flynn reports
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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