Cannes Film Festival Fast Facts

Updated 8:26 AM EDT, Sun May 3, 2020
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Here’s a look at the Cannes Film Festival, held every year in Cannes, France.

The 73rd Cannes Film Festival is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

May 14-25, 2019 - The 72nd Cannes Film Festival takes place. “Parasite,” by South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho, wins the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize.

2019 Selection

Other Facts

The correct pronunciation of the city is “can.”

The Marché du Film is a parallel portion of the film festival that is a meeting place for film professionals to view, buy and sell films from around the world.

The festival lasts for approximately two weeks.

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

The top award for a first film is the Camera d’Or, presented by an independent jury. It was first presented in 1978.

The festival is divided into five sections:

  1. In Competition - films up for the Palme d’Or.
  2. Out of Competition - films not competing for the top prize, but there for the publicity.
  3. Un Certain Regard - usually challenging art films that aren’t quite up to competing in the mainstream.
  4. Cinéfondation - works done by film students.
  5. The Market - started in the early 1960s, a place to buy and sell films.

There are two festivals which are not part of the official Cannes festival but run at the same time:

  1. Cannes International Critics Week.
  2. The Directors Fortnight.

Timeline

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

September 20, 1946 - The first full length Cannes Film Festival opens.

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 to May.

1968 - Political turmoil shuts down the festival at its midpoint, when student demonstrations and striking workers throw France into turmoil.

March 10, 2017 - After two streaming-only films from Netflix are included in the competition, Cannes adopts 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. On April 14, they acknowledge that holding it in late June or early July is no longer feasible.

April 17, 2020 - Festival organizers say that the Marché du Film will take place online June 22-26 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 27, 2020 - “We Are One: A Global Film Festival,” featuring new and classic films from around the world, will take plce May 29-June 7, Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube announce. The event will run over 10 days with programming from the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival and the New York Film Festival among others. Money raised is to benefit coronavirus relief funds.