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Cannes Film Festival website.
WHAT: Films from all over the world are screened and twenty selected films compete for the prestigious award “Palme d’Or”. Members of the public can attend Cannes film festival and view famous celebrities entering the Palais des Festivals nightly, with the after parties going well into the night. This year, Italian Director Nanni Morettis is to be the President of the Jury.
VISUALS: The Official Poster for the Cannes Film Festival features Marilyn Monroe to commemorate the 50th anniversary of her passing.
The Cannes Film Festival submission guidelines for films both long and short have strict guidelines, including the following:
• the film must have been produced during the 12 months before the Festival;
• the film can only have been distributed to its country of origin;
• the film cannot have been previously presented at any international film festival, if it is nominated for an award in any country, it becomes inadmissible;
• the film cannot have been shown online;
• the film cannot exceed 15 minutes in length, inclusive of credits (short film competition)
• feature films cannot be longer than 60 minutes
The Cannes Film Festival has been a prestigious event with appearances by worldwide celebrities. The schedule of the festival is never released until just before the actual date to keep the element of surprise burning brightly. The very first Cannes Film festival was held on September 20, 1946 and has continued annually since that time, moving to the month of May in 1952.
Early beginnings of the Festival were that every film entered in the festival won an award of some type. As more well known celebrities began making appearances at the Festival, it started to become more widely covered by the media, ultimately gaining an international following. The 1950s were the defining decade for the festival, with appearances of big time celebrities of the day shedding a light on the Festival, including Cary Grant, Brigitte Bardot, Kirk Douglas and Sophia Loren.
Important Cannes Film Festival Milestones include:
• 1955 – creation of the prestigious Palme d’Or award
• 1962 – creation of international critic’s week;
• 1969 – creation of the Director’s Fortnight;
• 1977 – Roberto Rossellini, President of the Jury, holds a symposium open to one and all for the entirety of the festival;
• 1985 – creation of the Roberto Rossellini prize, to be awarded by a jury of French and Italian filmmakers for “Rome, Open City”
• 1992 – “Visitors to Cannes” is published, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Festival;
• 1993 – Jane Campion, director of “The Piano” is the first woman to win the Palme d’Or
• 1997 – 50th Anniversary of the Festival
• 2003 – creation of music “Masterclass”
• 2007 – 60th Anniversary of the Festival
Over the years, the Palme d’Or underwent several changes and modifications to become what it is today, which is a golden palm branch mounted on a glass trophy.
Gilles Jacob was elected President of the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 by the various Board of Directors members. The Director-General of the Cannes film Festival, also elected by the Board of Directors is Thierry Fremaux.
The Cannes Film Festival’s budget is approximately 20 Million Euros annually, half of which comes through public funding.
Enjoy your quick reference Cannes Film Festival 2012 Travel Guide with some quick facts, history, Festival Map and links to the official Film Festival website and social networks.
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