Tuesday, 28 April 2009

The Festival de Cannes

Cannes is a fashionable seaside resort in the south of France, the Côte d’Azur. Every year in May the famous Boulevard de la Croisette transforms into a spectacular setting, with flashing cameras, limousines, international movie stars and a distracted public: Film Festival de Cannes.

The Festival de Cannes is the most important film event in the world, with more than 4,000 journalists among the 30,000 accredited, representing the entire spectrum of the motion-picture industry.

The Festival de Cannes reflects the dual nature of cinema at the crossroads of art and industry, and favours both cinema revelations and professional encounters. For if the Festival principally evokes the surprise of the Selection and the expectation of the final awards, it is equally the privileged rendezvous of all motion-picture industry professionals who attend its Marché du Film.

The Festival, moreover, develops actions in support of cinematic creation throughout the world. Twenty years after having created the Caméra d'Or, the prize awarded to the best first film, all selections combined, the Festival created in 1998 the Cinéfondation to accompany young filmmakers along the various stages of their creative careers, from their projects to the making of their films.

The role of the Festival de Cannes has thus grown rich over the course of the years to the rhythm of the evolution of cinema itself: selecting and promoting films and artists, welcoming professionals, implementing new sets of dynamics in support of creation... in a word, serving the cinema in all its dimensions.

This year, the Festival of Cannes takes place from 13th until 24th May and is already celebrating its 62nd anniversary. Besides spotting movie stars and enjoying the top films that are shown, this is also a good period to visit the beautiful city of Cannes and to explore its surroundings. Wander through the picturesque streets around the church in the old town where you have a panoramic view over the harbour, the bay and islands. In the area there is always much to do. The exhibition of Picasso 1945-1949, l'Ere du Renouveau and the picturesque circuit of the Côte d'Azur is also worth a visit.

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