Every year celebrities and actors flock to the French Riviera for the Cannes Film Festival (@festivaldecannes) to celebrate emerging talent in cinema, with 19 feature films ‘In Competition’ for the acclaimed Palme d’Or prize, awarded on May 24. “It’s a huge event,” says French photographer Bálint Pörneczi (@balintporneczi), who is originally from Hungary but lives in the South of France. “I was interested just to see and feel how it happens.” Bálint aims to capture the diversity of those involved in making Cannes so special, away from the glitz and glamour of the red carpet. “I find people here and immortalize them, to put everybody at the same level,” he says. “In my photos there is no difference between the celebrities, or a homeless person, a guy who works in a fast-food chain or sells flowers on the street corner.” For French fashion and celebrity stylist Camille Seydoux (@camilleseydoux), the festival is her busiest time of year. “It takes around two hours to prepare,” she remarks on her role of fitting actresses into complicated dresses ahead of red carpet events. “You can really feel the energy and the excitement.” Photo by @balintporneczi

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