Slik beskriver festivalen Kritikeruken: «Historically, International Critics’ Week is the first « parallel » section of the Cannes Film Festival. It has steadfastly remained true to its tradition of discovering new talents. Critics’ Week was conceived by the French Union of Film Critics in 1962 to showcase first and second feature films by directors from all over the world. Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Wong Kar Wai, Jacques Audiard, Arnaud Desplechin, Gaspar Noé and François Ozon all started out at Critics’ Week.» De norske filmer som har deltatt her er Løperjenten, Budbringeren, Insomnia, Den brysomme mannen og Slipp Jimmy fri.
Slik beskriver festivalen Regissør-programmet «Every year, the Directors’ Fortnight created by the SRF (French Directors Society) in 1969, programs a selection of films from around the world during the Cannes Film Festival. (…) Among the various sections at the Cannes Film Festival, the Directors’ Fortnight is distinguished by the independent judgment displayed in the choice of films, the “cinéphile” standards and the accessibility to non-professional audiences at the festival.In fact, the Directors’ Fortnight is the non-competitive program at Cannes that is open to the general public, which can buy a subscription for the entire program or purchase tickets for individual screenings.» De norske filmene som har deltatt her er Voldtekt, Streik, Eggs, Salmer fra kjøkkenet og Factotum.