The stars are out on the French Riviera for the 69th Cannes Film Festival, taking place until 22 May. Twenty-one films are competing for awards this year at the 12-day event, with a host of other productions showing out of competition. IBTimes UK presents the best photos from the first couple of days on cinema's most prestigious red carpet.

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George and Amal Clooney attend the Money Monster premiereClemens Bilan/Getty
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Julia Roberts laughs with George Clooney as they arrive for the screening of the film Money MonsterLoic Venance/AFP
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Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon embrace at the Money Monster premierePascal Le Segretain/Getty
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Jessica Chastain attends the Money Monster premierePascal Le Segretain/Getty
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Woody Allen, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg pose as they arrive for the screening of Allen's Café SocietyAlberto Pozzoli/AFP
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Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart attend the Café Society premierePascal Le Segretain/Getty
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Victoria Bonya, Hofit Golan and Araya A Hargate attend the Money Monster premiereNeilson Barnard/Getty
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Director Alain Guiraudie (third right) poses on the red carpet with cast members ahead of the screening of Rester vertical (Staying Vertical)Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
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Franck Gastambide and Anouar Toubali pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of Money MonsterEric Gaillard/Reuters
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Jessica Chastain is pictured on the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film FestivalVittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty for Kering
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Julia Roberts poses during a photocall for Money MonsterRegis Duvignau/Reuters
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Julia Roberts walks on the red carpet in her bare feet as she arrives for the screening of Money MonsterJean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
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A bustier of a guest is pictured as she arrives on the red carpet for the opening ceremonyRegis Duvignau/Reuters
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Araya Hargate arrives for the opening ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film FestivalValery Hache/AFP
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Russian businesswoman and TV presenter Elena Lenina poses as she arrives for the screening of Money MonsterAlberto Pizzoli/AFP
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A guest poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of Café SocietyEric Gaillard/Reuters
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Fashion designer, model and singer Victoria Beckham poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of Café SocietyRegis Duvignau/Reuters
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Director Jodie Foster attends a news conference for Money MonsterEric Gaillard/Reuters
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Caitriona Balfe, Jodie Foster, Julia Roberts, Dominic West and George Clooney leave the Festival Palace after the screening of Money MonsterAlberto Pozzoli/AFP
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Gaia Weiss is surrounded by photographers on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of Café SocietyRegis Duvignau/Reuters
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Photographers work during a photocall for Money MonsterRegis Duvignau/Reuters
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An overhead view as Amal Clooney, George Clooney, Dominic West, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster Caitriona Balfe and Jack O'Connell attend the Money Monster premiereAndreas Rentz/Getty
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Eva Longoria attends the Money Monster premiereTristan Fewings/Getty
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Eva Longoria poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of Café SocietyRegis Duvignau/Reuters
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Susan Sarandon poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the opening ceremonyYves Herman/Reuters
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Kristina Bazan attends the Money Monster premiereTristan Fewings/Getty
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Model Bella Hadid attends the Café Society premierePascal Le Segretain/Getty
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Jessica Chastain poses she arrives for the screening of the film Money MonsterAlberto Pozzoli/AFP
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Kirsten Dunst attends the jury photocall at the Palais des FestivalsPascal Le Segretain/Getty
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Miriam Leone attends the Fai Bei Sogni photocallIan Gavan/Getty
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Master of ceremonies, actor Laurent Lafitte, performs on stage during the opening ceremonyEric Gaillard/Reuters
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Yachts are berthed in the harbour during the 69th Cannes Film Festival.Valery Hache/AFP
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Danish actor and member of the jury Mads Mikkelsen smiles as he arrives on stage during the opening ceremonyValery Hache/AFP
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Australian director and president of the jury George Miller gestures ahead of the opening of the 69th Cannes Film FestivalAnne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP
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Dana Dogaru, Cristi Puiu, Anca Puiu and Mimi Branescu attend the Sieranevada premiereTristan Fewings/Getty
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Vanessa Redgrave attends the Howards End photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film FestivalPascal Le Segretain/Getty
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Caitriona Balfe poses during a photocall for Money MonsterLoic Venance/AFP
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Vanessa Paradis attends the Café Society premierePascal Le Segretain/Getty
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Vanessa Paradis and Donald Sutherland attend the Café Society premiereAndreas Rentz/Getty
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Model Doutzen Kroes attends the Café Society premiereAndreas Rentz/Getty
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George Clooney is flanked by Julia Roberts and his wife Amal as they arrive for the screening of the film Money MonsterValery Hache/AFP
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Justin Timberlake attends the Trolls photocallNeilson Barnard/Getty

According to organisers, about 40,000 film industry professionals are participating in this year's film festival, including 4,500 journalists from around the world.