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.

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.