The Cannes Music and Film festival is the most internationally celebrated film festival in the world. It gets its name from Cannes, the resort city in the French Riviera which it is held in. Though there’s a rich history to how it all began back in the 1930s, little of that is spoken of nowadays and instead the glitz and the glamour dominate the much celebrated festival. You could call it the Academy Award ceremony that caters for the rest of the world.
To those in the entertainment industry the Cannes Film and Music Festival, is a priceless affair as it provides critics, filmmakers, cinema enthusiasts, and distributors a great chance of discussing films that are out and discuss the contemporary trends in the industry. Something to note here, is that due to the high amount of foreign content that is featured in the film festival, there has been an increasing popularity of films from other nations in the United States. Obviously this boosts the revenue generated by such movies and thus is highly encouraged.
The program at the Cannes Film Festival comprises of various sections. This variety ensures that more than one thing takes place at the festival which consequently means that the rare chance of getting bored is even more seldom. The Official Selection is a constituent of this program. It combines a couple of things itself, further adding to the variety of the festival. It features the Competition. In this particular section there are twenty films, which compete for an award known as the Palme d’Or (French for Golden Palm), which is the highest award that can be given at the Cannes Film Festival. A winner is decided upon once the film has been shown at the Theatre Lumière.
In another section of the Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, twenty more films chosen from an international collection and are reviewed at the Salle Debussy. In the Out of Competition section, films are featured in the Theatre Lumière, but unlike before, they do not compete for a prize. Special Screening refers to a part of the program where a committee chooses a suitable environment that is in tandem with their identity.
Other than the Official Selection, there is the Parallel Section. This is meant for programs that are non-competitive in order to ensure that more cinematic aspects are discovered. The Camera d’Or is one such selection, after choosing from the great variety submitted by the debutants from the Official Selection, the International Critics’ Week and the Directors’ Fortnight selection it awards the best among them.
The Directors’ Fortnight refers to a section held at the same time as the Cannes Film Festival but is independent of it. It mainly features a variety of documentaries from an international base as well as covers feature and short films. On the other hand the International Critics’ Week is a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival and is acclaimed for discovering new talent. It does this by providing a platform for featuring feature films from an international pool for first or even second feature films submitted by directors.