Everything to Know About ‘Cannes Film Festival’

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The 75th annual Cannes Film Festival is planned to take place from May 17 to 28, 2022.

The Cannes Film Festival, which was called the International Film Festival in English until 2003, and the Festival de Cannes, has shared its name with the city it helped make famous since 2002. This mega celebration is a film festival that takes place every year in Cannes, France. It shows new movies of all kinds, including documentaries, from all over the world.

History of Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival can trace its roots back to 1938, when French Minister of National Education Jean Zay, acting on the recommendation of a high-ranking official and historian Philippe Erlanger and film journalist Robert Favre Le Bret, made the decision to establish an international cinematographic festival. They were able to get the assistance of the Americans as well as the British.

Events & Sections of Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is divided up into a number of different divisions. A red carpet is usually used to denote the path celebrities follow during Cannes Film Festival.

The Festival’s major event is the Official Selection.

In Competition – The films up for the Palme d’Or. They are shown in the Lumière Théâtre.

Un Certain Regard – Films chosen from civilizations near and far; unique and diverse works. They are being shown at the Salle Debussy.

Out of Competition – These films are also shown at the Théâtre Lumière, although they are not eligible for the main award.

Special Screenings – The selecting committee gives these films a unique setting.

Cinéfondation – The Salle Buuel shows 15 short and medium-length films from film schools across the world.

Short Films – Short films competing for the Short Film Palme d’Or are shown at Buuel and Debussy theatres. This competition has roughly ten films.

Cannes Classics – It commemorates cinema legacy by highlighting masterpieces from the past in entirely new or restored prints.

Cinéma de la Plage – Cannes Classics and Out of Competition films screened on Macé beach after a film music program.

Parallel Sections

These are alternate programs with the goal of learning about various facets of the film.

International Critics’ Week – Since its inception in 1962, the festival has made a point of spotting up-and-coming creatives and presenting the debut and sophomore features of filmmakers from all around the world.

Directors’ Fortnight – Since 1969, it has supported the avant-garde while also providing a fertile ground for the Cannes Film Festival’s famed auteurs.

Association for Independent Cinema and its Distribution: ACID

Tous les Cinémas du Monde – It illustrates the vibrancy and diversity of film throughout the world. Every day, one nation is asked to offer a selection of features and shorts in honor of its distinct culture, identity, and contemporary cinema works.

Cannes Film Festival Events

The Marché du Film is the world’s busiest film market. Masterclasses: Public presentations by internationally acclaimed filmmakers. Tributes: Presents the Festival Trophee to globally known artists following the showing of one of their films. Producers Network: A opportunity to cooperate on worldwide projects with other producers. Exhibitions: Each year, an artist, a body of work, or a cinematographic concept is the center of an exhibition, which diversifies or highlights the event’s program. 60th Anniversary — In 2007, the Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary with a series of events.

Cannes Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Palme d’Or – Golden Palm

Palme d’Or du court métrage – Best Short Film

Grand Prix – Grand Prize of the Festival

Prix du Jury – Jury Prize

Prix de la mise en scène – Best Director

Prix d’interprétation masculine – Best Actor

Prix d’interprétation féminine – Best Actress

Prix du scénario – Best Screenplay

Additional Sections

Prix Un Certain Regard – Young talent, daring and inventive works

Cinéfondation prizes – Student films

Caméra d’Or – It honors the greatest first film of the Festival, selecting from the Official Selection, Directors’ Fortnight, and International Critics’ Week choices.

There are also other prizes that are granted on their own. The Directors’ Fortnight presented three prizes in 2019. The FIPRESCI Committee awards a prize to the finest first or second feature film from a filmmaker screening in competition or during the Directors’ Fortnight. Since 2015, Kering has recognized significant achievements in advancing women’s issues in the film.


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