For the next week and a half, A-list stars (including the cast of "The Great Gatsby," which kicked things off Wednesday) will walk the red carpet at the glitzy Cannes Film Festival. But what's life like behind the scenes? ABC News reveals who will be there, where they'll go and what makes this one of the most glamorous events of any actor's year.
|Who Will Be There?|
In short, everyone. Cindy Crawford, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman are already in France and, according to People magazine, Justin Timberlake, James Franco, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas and Rooney Mara will also attend.
|How Will They Get Around?|
Last year, Sean Penn arrived on a yacht -- and he's not alone. Robert Pattinson, Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz have all done the same thing. And not only do these glamorous boats act as means of transportation, but they're great for parties, too. Last year, Diddy threw a huge bash on a yacht that was attended by Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and starlet Rita Ora.
|Where Do They Stay?|
The ones who aren't on yachts? Many stay at the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, a glamorous hideaway on the Riviera. Also gearing up for the festival: The InterContinental Carlton Cannes and the Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez.
|Where Are the Screenings?|
The action happens at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres and, according to the festival's website, only film industry professionals who have been accredited can gain entry to the screenings.
|What Are the Screenings Like?|
Well, that depends on the film. While some movies are met with great applause and praise, others are booed -- and loudly. Among the films that were received poorly: "L'Avventura" and "Marie Antoinette."
|Who Picks the Award Winners?|
This year, the jury is led by Steven Spielberg. Other judges include Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz and Ang Lee.
|What's the Big Prize?|
The Palme d'Or is the biggest prize at the film festival and is presented to the director of the best feature film. Last year, Michael Haneke won for "Amour." The year before that, Terrence Malick took top honors for "The Tree of Life."