While the accepted name for this event, particularly in English speaking countries is the Cannes Film Festival, for many people around the world, it is simply referred to as the Cannes Festival, in French, the Festival de Cannes). There are events, exhibitions, conferences and gatherings taking place in Cannes all year round, it is a destination that is well regarded for the high quality events it hosts but for many people, it is all about one event. The Cannes Film Festival has been operating since 1946 and up until 2002, it was known as the International Film Festival.
While there are many film festivals taking place around the world, the Cannes Film Festival is the best known event that receives the most press coverage and interest. This is the event that welcomes the hottest actors and actresses from around the world to premiers and red carpet events, but it is also a film festival open to all levels of the film industry. However, it is an event that is invitation only, which only adds to the prestigious nature and media frenzy that surrounds the event which usually takes place in May every year.
When it comes to films, the main sections are:
For many people, it is the events that are the most important elements of the Film Festival. There is the Marche du Film, which is regarded as the busiest market for films in the world and the Masterclasses are very popular, featuring public talks from some of the most prestigious film-makers in the world. There are tributes to famous actors; there are exhibitions with every year one particular body of work becoming the focus of the programme. There is also a dedicated networking event for producers. Accommodation rental is limited, we recommend booking accommodation for the Cannes Film Festival early. Apartment rental and the hire of homes in and around Canned during the Festival is limited.
The Palme d’Or is the most prestigious award presented at the Cannes Film Festival and it was first presented in 1955, when it took over from the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film. There was a change in 1964, when the Grand Prix du festival was reinstated as the top prize again, but this only lasted until 1974. This was the last time a change was made to the order of the highest prize on offer at the Cannes Film Festival and since then, The Palme d’Or (or The Golden Palm in English) has been the award that is valued above all others at the annual event.
While there are many film festivals taking place around the world, none have the ability to create an impact like the Cannes Film Festival has. The festival is the best showcase event for films in Europe, even though the number of films vying for attention means that the competition for places is fierce. Even then, the number of A-List celebrities that attend the event will usually ensure that a great deal of focus is on them and the movies that they are currently promotion.
However, Cannes, along with the Venice Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, have helped to create a certain style and identity around European films being the best place to find artistic movies. This means that the Cannes Film Festival combines the latest premiers from star names and a focus on the more independent and artistic films that are created on a global basis.
While it is easy to think that the purpose of the Cannes Film Festival is now based on generating publicity for major movies, there is still a strong opportunity to network at the event. Film producers from all around the world congregate at the event, looking for backing or for distributors to showcase their film in different countries and regions.
For the vast majority of attendees at the Cannes Film festival, the main focus is to find people who can support their work, showcase it to new audiences or to find new material that their 3 existing audience is looking to see. In this regard, the Cannes Film festival is the setting that brings together different parties from the film industry, allowing for partnerships and networks to be created around the world.
When many people the name Cannes, their first thought will be of the Film Festival, which indicates the popularity and impact of the event. There is a lot more to Cannes than just the Cannes Film Festival and the area plays host to exhibitions, events, conferences and industry events virtually all year round. With a stunning setting, a range of transport options linked to Europe and a wide range of accommodation options, Cannes is the ideal destination to play host to guests, interested parties and attendees from all across the world.