Cannes Film Festival Highlights

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Here is an overview of the Cannes Film Festival, held annually in Cannes, France.

May 17-28, 2022 – The 75th Cannes International Film Festival is set to take place.

July 6-17, 2021 Postponed from May, the 74th Cannes Film Festival takes place. “Titanium”, directed by Julia Ducornau wins the Palme d’Or, the festival’s first prize.

Official Selections 2022

Other facts

The correct pronunciation of the city is “can”.

The Marché du Film is a parallel part of the film festival which is a meeting place for film professionals to see, buy and sell films from all over the world.

The festival lasts about two weeks.

The palm of the festival is the Palme d’Or, the prize for the best film. It was first presented in 1955, replacing another “Grand Prix” award.

The first award given to a first film is the Caméra d’Or, awarded by an independent jury. It was first presented in 1978.

There are also parallel sections which are not part of the official Cannes festival but take place at the same time:

  1. Critics’ Week
  2. Directors’ Fortnight
  3. Association for Independent Cinema and its Distribution (ACID)


September 1, 1939 – The first “International Film Festival” opens in Cannes, but Germany’s invasion of Poland that day, beginning The Second World Warforces the festival to close on September 2.

September 20, 1946 – Opening of the first full Cannes Film Festival.

1948 and 1950 – The festival is canceled due to lack of funds.

1951 – The festival moves from September to April. Later in the 1950s, it moves into May.

1968 – Political unrest halts the festival halfway through, when student protests and striking workers throw France into turmoil.

March 10, 2017 – After the inclusion of two streaming-only films from Netflix in the competition, Cannes is adopting a new rule that all selected films must be released in French theaters.

March 19, 2020 – Organizers issue a statement that the festival, scheduled for May 12-23, is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 17, 2020 – Festival organizers announce that the Marché du Film will take place online from June 22 to 26.

April 27, 2020 – “We are one: a world film festival”, featuring new and classic films from around the world, will take place May 29 through June 7, Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube announce. The event will take place over 10 days with programming from the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and New York Film Festival, among others. The money raised is to benefit coronavirus relief funds.

October 27-29, 2020 – “Special Cannes 2020», an event presenting a preview of short films in competition, school films from the Cinéfondation and four films from the Official Selection, is taking place in Cannes.

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