For those of us who aren't there and don't actually get to see the films, the festival is essentially an 11-day fashion show on the French riviera, with a constant influx of red carpet pics.
Aside from its sheer length, one thing that differentiates Cannes from other red carpet events is the fact that it's international, meaning the American style stars we all know and see on the covers of magazines every day will be mingling on the red carpet with equally well-heeled actresses we may not recognize.
For every Diane Kruger or Carey Mulligan, there's a Fan Bingbing or an Aishwarya Rai. So, we've compiled a little guide to 10 sure-to-be Cannes it-girls from overseas that you'll probably be seeing a lot of.
Fan Bingbing, China Brand ambassador for L'Oreal, a longtime Cannes sponsor, and Chopard Fashion Cred: China's fashion It Girl. Luxury brands are increasingly eager to dress her for high-profile red carpet events like Cannes given her A-list status in China. She wears a lot of European luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, as well as local Chinese designers.
Zhang Ziyi, China On jury for Un Certain Regard, a side competition Fashion Cred: This red carpet and fashion event regular was a big Cannes star last year. Like Fan Bingbing, Ziyi has luxury brands clamoring to dress her. She wore Dior to today's Opening Ceremony.
Aishwarya Rai, India Brand ambassador for L'Oreal Fashion Cred: This Bollywood star has been a regular at Cannes since 2002, and is a frequent fixture in Indian Gossip rags and fashion blogs.
Sonam Kapoor From: India Fashion Cred: Perhaps Bollywood's top style star, Kapoor had an entire press conference dedicated solely to discussing her planned Cannes look, and regularly receives just as much attention for her outfit choices as she does for her work.
Vidya Balan, India Member of Cannes jury panel Fashion Cred: Another Indian film star whose every fashion move is followed by Indian fans, Balan is said to have planned to wear more traditional Indian looks on the red carpet to make a statement.
Berenice Bejo, France Film Debuting at Cannes: The Past Fashion Cred: Bejo first made a splash during awards season last year, wearing lots of Louis Vuitton and Elie Saab after she starred in The Artist. She's been noticeably absent from the red carpet since then, but will likely have a fashionable presence at Cannes where she'll debut buzzy new film The Past.
Chiara Mastroianni, France Debuting The Bastards Fashion Cred: Mastroianni, daughter of fashion icon Catherine Deneuve, is a frequent front row fixture at the European fashion weeks and garners plenty of red carpet attention.
Blanca Suarez, Spain Fashion Cred: Suarez, who starred in last year's The Skin I Live In, attracts attention for her style and bombshell good looks both on and off the red carpet, favoring a sexy-yet-tasteful body con silhouette. Armani dressed her for today's Cannes Opening Ceremony.
Ludivine Sagnier, France On Un Certain Regard jury Fashion Cred: Sagnier excels at that effortlessly cool, yet totally elegant style that only French women are able to achieve. She's also attended her fair share of Paris fashion week front rows--from Giambattista Valli to Dior.
Ines de la Fressange, France L'Oreal ambassador Fashion Cred: Once a French supermodel and Chanel favorite, de la Fressange still occasionally models for Karl Lagerfeld, and consults for brands like Jean Paul Gaultier and Schiaparelli. She's the brand ambassador for Roger Vivier. She's become a style icon in her own right and even penned a book called "Parisian Chic."