Founded in 1946, this French Festival is taking place each year in Cannes (South of France) during 12 days. Over the years, it is becoming the most broadcasted film festival in the world, especially during the climbing of stairs : the red carpet and their 24 « glory stairs ».                                                                                                                        The Festival is also very critisized et was plunged into many scandals that releived french or international magazines and newspapers.

 

Each year, moviemakers, stars, profesional persons of cinematographic industry and thousand of journalists getting around Cannes. The producers find here some partenership to finance their movie projects and sell their works to the distributors and televisions from all the world.

At the beginning, this Festival was perceived as a simple touristic manifestation, offering some prices for the best movie, the best director, the best actor / actress. Later, others awards were created like « le Prix du Jury », « le Grand Prix » and particulary « la Palme d’Or ».

Actually, the official selection wants to be the reflect of international cinematographic production. The competition generally enlights the author’s cinema. The Festival of Cannes is becomming over the years, one of the most important cinema ceremony into the entire world. It is one of the first mediatics and cultural international events.

The Festival acquired a notoriety which is founded on the balanced between artistic quality and their commercial impact. Among all the directors into the competition in Cannes, some of them were priviliged by their art, their style or their genre. Among the « favourites » of the Festival, we can notice since theses 70 years : Pénélope Cruz, Juliette Binoche, Gérard Depardieu, Bruce Willis and Samuel L.Jackson. 

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