ACID (Association du cinéma indépendant pour sa diffusion) is an association of filmmakers aimed at distributing and upholding independent films. ACID was initiated by the 1991 declaration Résister put forward by 181 directors for the purpose of protecting the independent film industry and discovering new talent. Since its inception at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, ACID Cannes has annually introduced independent films from around the world, and can be credited for the discovery of several promising directors who have all earned worldwide renown, including Alexander Sokurov, Justine Triet and Radu Jude (winner of Golden Bear at the 2021 Berlinale). This section will feature films selected through an official collaboration with ACID Cannes, and thus provides a valuable opportunity to share the experiences of independent filmmakers around the world and encounter works by future masters. In this year's ACID Cannes, we are proud to present the following line-up of eight films: The Seeds We Sow showcases an experiment on the power of memory and solidarity; Walden, a retrospective look at the utopia of freedom that communist Eastern European youths longed for; Far from You I Grew, a story about the children at a nursery school having to grow up too fast; Should the Wind Drop, a beautiful homage to the forgotten people of the small country of the Caucasus; I Comete - A Corsican Summer, a unique portrait of the villagers of Corsica; The Candidate raises meaningful questions about democracy in creative ways; Aya, an in-depth reflection on diaspora; and Down with the King twists the boundary between reality and fiction by hiring a real famous rapper to play a fictional star rapper.