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There are film festivals, and then there is the Cannes Film Festival, the single largest international showcase of cinematic art in the entire world. Held in mid-May since it debuted in the 1940s, the vast majority of... ... read more

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Cannes Film Festival - Film Festival in French Riviera.

There are film festivals, and then there is the Cannes Film Festival, the single largest international showcase of cinematic art in the entire world.

Held in mid-May since it debuted in the 1940s, the vast majority of the Cannes Film Festival’s two-week schedule is reserved for industry-only attendees, attracting nearly 30,000 film industry professionals each year, all of whom need an accreditation direct from Festival organizers to gain access.

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Consequently, “Festival de Cannes” sees this upscale Riviera city in Southern France inundated with celebrities, paparazzi, googoo-eyed first-time filmmakers, and seemingly every beautiful person on the planet, and creates a unique platform for both international stars and (at least for now) total unknowns.

That’s because anyone can submit a film to the Cannes Film Festival, creating what organizers describe as a “melting pot for creativity.” Literally thousands of films are submitted annually, and the selection committee is tasked with watching every single one of them; an experience that no doubt must range between awe-inspiring and a not-so-subtle longing for quick death.

Thankfully, the Cannes Film Festival’s “Official Selection” is paired down considerably by the time the event kicks off, with roughly 50 feature films and 30 short films prominently screened, as well as a handful of work in other categories, called “Parallel Sections,” that tend to be more esoteric and performance art-based.

Juries give out awards in nearly 20 categories at the Cannes Film Festival, from the highly regarded Palme d'Or ("Golden Palm") for best picture and the Prix d'interprétation for best actor/actress, to prizes for the best student films and the best LGBT-related work.

Notable past Palme d'Or winners at Cannes include Pulp Fiction, Dancer in the Dark, Fahrenheit 9/11, and The Tree of Life.

Although they cannot attend most of the shows, seminars, masters workshops, and ceremonies that make Cannes the über-exclusive scene that it is, that doesn’t prevent untold thousands of tourists from also cramming into the city throughout the event. Many come just to spy their favorite Hollywood celebs strutting down the red carpet before the evening’s show, while others are drawn by the legends of uproarious after-parties, where the world’s top see-and-be-scensters let loose at bars, clubs, and the endless processions of bobbing yachts all over town.

Cannes Film Festival User Comments

Danny F. May 28, 2013
I attended the festival in 2012 and I have very few places I have been to that come close. It was a breath taking view at all times and only the most friendly people and staff around. I worked as an intern at the American Pavilion and I hosted events that catered to celebrities, media and guests from around the world where I was able to surround myself with the best creative minds of our times. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend anyone who has interest in the arts, the Riviera, or cinema in general to attend.

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