Cannes Film Festival ceremony - South of France

Everyone in Cannes for the most glamorous festival of the year

The Cannes Film Festival is recognised, together with the Venice Film Festival, to be among the most anticipated events of the year worldwide. Events dedicated to cinema and its celebration, which over time have turned into super glamorous red carpets attracting celebrities and public figures of all kinds. This Festival is particularly coveted, also because the city of Cannes is a well-known seaside destination that attracts numerous wealthy tourists from all over the world every year, thanks to its wide sandy beaches, its impeccable facilities and its fashionable hotels, restaurants and clubs. Not to mention the fact that Cannes is located on the Côte d'Azur, a world-famous area in the south of France.



Cannes is an unmissable opportunity for all directors, filmmakers and actors to show the world their creations, not only those already established in the industry but also all the rising talents.

The festival was born because of the heavy fascist and Nazi government's interference and pressure  in the selection of films for the Venice Film Festival, which led the French Minister for Education and Fine Arts to propose an international film festival in Cannes.

The first edition was supposed to be held in 1939 with Louis Lumière presiding over the festival, but the edition was cancelled due to the beginning of the Second World War. The first real edition eventually took place in September 1946. From this moment on, the Cannes Film Festival was held every year, except for 1948 and 1950 due to budgetary problems, and became one of the most important events of the film industry worldwide together with the Venice Film Festival, followed by the Berlin Film Festival.

Until 1955, the jury of the festival was composed only of French exponents but, later on, it was decided to give space to foreign exponents of the film industry, thus initiating the more modern era of the festival. The latter came to a definitive end in 1982 when, after Steven Spielberg's film E. T. The Extraterrestrial won, the festival decided to change its historical location to the Palais Croisette. From 1983 onwards, in fact, the Cannes Film Festival was held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, which still hosts it today.

Like any self-respecting festival, Cannes has its iconic award. Before 1955, the prize changed from year to year, as did its designers. Subsequently, it opted for a single symbol, the Palme d'Or created by Lucienne Lazon, and each year it changes by a different detail.

Palma d’Oro - Cannes Film Festival 2014

The Cannes Film Festival is not only cinema, but much more: it is a showcase for the world of fashion and fashion design. Over the years, in fact, there have been wonderful gowns worn by as many wonderful international actors and actresses, elegantly showing off the creations of the world's greatest designers.

It can be said that Cannes is not just a simple film festival, but a true 360° international social event, including cinema, fashion, parties and luxurious events, which attracts the attention not only of celebrities and the rich, but of Europe and the world.






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