Welcome to Semafor Cannes, our daily newsletter for the creatives and the rest of us hangers-on gathered here on the Riviera, where Monday is the new Tuesday as everyone scrambles to get out of the way of the MediaLink dinner.
After years of celebrating purpose and progressive politics at Cannes, things may be changing. Festival organizers, Semafor has learned, have quietly instructed prize juries to cool it on the politics, in a Cannes echo of the U.S. “anti-woke” backlash. (Apple’s The Greatest campaign can probably still thread the needle.)
Also in this edition: What you missed last night, what you should be trying to get into today, some provocative new research, and inevitable advice from MediaLink’s Michael Kassan — as well as our distillation of the best of what’s written about Cannes everywhere else.
Thanks for coming along for the ride, if you aren’t still stuck in Heathrow.
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— Ben Smith, Max Tani, Jules Darmanin