The Cannes Film Festival has long been the platform for prestige films, with countless going on to win major acclaim and Oscar gold. However, the stars to watch are planted firmly in the under-35 set, even with films premiering by veterans Woody Allen and George Miller. With 20 films chosen for  the main competition, another 17 set in the strange and often wonderful "Un Certain Regard" category, and 10 more featured outside of competition, there is a lot to take in over the next twelve days. Here is a primer of four names to watch as the festival unfolds:

1. Xavier Dolan

The 27-year-old director is probably best known to American audiences as the eye behind the lens of Adele's "Hello" music video, but this is the Montreal-native's fifth film to debut at Cannes.

2009's "I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère)" received an eight-minute standing ovation by a festival audience when it debuted as part of the Director's Fortnight program.  2014's "Mommy" won the festival's Jury Prize before going on to earn millions at the box office in France and French-speaking Canada. 

This year's "It's Only the End of the World" stars Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux and will be competing for the Palme d'Or. The family drama already has release dates set in France and Canada this fall.

2. Elle Fanning

Formerly known as "Dakota Fanning's younger sister," Elle Fanning is now 18 and brings the dark horror/thriller "The Neon Demon" with her to Cannes. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive"), the film follows a young model seeking to avoid being literally devoured by the youth-obsessed fashion industry.

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Keanu Reeves also stars in the film.

Fanning arrives at the festival having received glowing reviews for last year's "Trumbo" and she is reportedly attached to  nine new films in various stages of development.

3. Amazon Studios

The venerable online retailer continues its reach for total entertainment industry domination with five new films premiering at Cannes. Only five years since launching, the Studio has stayed true to its promise to release 14-15 movies per year, with an additional ten titles launching in 2016, outside of the festival. 

Of those making a debut at Cannes: Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" opened the festival; Jim Jarmusch directs two Amazon films: "Paterson" starring Adam Driver, and an Iggy Pop documentary entitled "Gimme Danger"; and Park Chan-wook makes his anticipated return with "The Handmaiden." "The Neon Demon" was also produced produced by Amazon.

4. Adam Driver 

Since first being noticed for his small part the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" in 2013, Adam Driver, 32, has had the ability to transition smoothly between genres on the big screen.

From the scene-stealing brother opposite comedy veterans Tina Fey and Jason Bateman in "This is Where I Leave You," to winning the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for his role in the bleak, Italian drama "Hungry Hearts" to a truly star-making turn as the villianous Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars movie, Driver has developed, in a few short years, a resume that must make other actors of his generation jealous for its sheer variance. 

At Cannes, Driver leads Jim Jarmusch's "Paterson" -- the director's first return to the festival since 2013's vampire-romance film  "Only Lovers Left Alive." The film centers around a poetry-writing bus driver (Driver) and his creative wife, (played by Golshifteh Farahani). Given the nearly cultish following "Lovers" found on Netflix post-festival season, and for Jarmusch films in general, expect this one to cement Driver's indie-credibility for years to come, despite his place in the "Star Wars" universe.

With Cannes marking a rough mid-point on the film festival circuit -- beginning with Sundance in January, while Toronto's TIFF sees the final push to awards' season -- so many anticipated films is a great sign for film buffs and cinephiles, even though most won't be seeing the new titles at the local cineplex or on their favorite streaming service until 2017.