The Cannes Film Festival is the world's most prestigious film festival, first held from September 20 to October 5, 1946 in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France. Since then, it has been held annually in May with a few exceptions.
Given massive media exposure, the non-public Festival is attended by many movie stars and is a popular venue for movie producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the globe.
The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for the best film; this is sometimes shared by multiple films in one year. The jury of the festival, made of a small international selection of movie professionals, however grants other awards, include the "grand prize" (the second most prestigious award).
Golden Palm winners
- See a list of winners at Palme d'Or
- Grand Prix
- Prix de la mise en scène
- Prix du Jury
- Prix du scénario
- Prix d'interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes
- Prix d'interprétation masculine du Festival de Cannes
- Palme d'Or du Festival de Cannes - court métrage
- Prix du Jury - court métrage
Winners by country of origin
Cannes portrayed on film
- Evening in Byzantium (1978). The film festival is overtaken by terrorists. Directed by Jerry London and starring Glenn Ford and Eddie Albert. From a novel by Irwin Shaw.
- Almost Perfect Affair (1979). A romantic comedy about an affair between a filmmaker and a producer's wife, set during the film festival. Starring Keith Carradine.