Some of the world’s newest and largest yachts are ready for the festival. They host celebrities and VIP’s who come to the South of France for the film event. Privacy from tourists and onlookers is offered on yachts, in addition to a secure venue for parties and business meetings.
WHAT IS THE FESTIVALE DU CANNES?
The Film Festival is billed as a celebration of cinema. Film producers and actors from around the world attend. They screen their latest projects, as well as to look for buyers and investors.
It is proudly in its 64th year. The Festival International du Film was to begin in Cannes in 1939, but due to the war, the launch date was put off. Finally, on September 20, 1946, the Festival de Cannes opened its doors. It was the first great international cultural event of the post-war period. Organized as a non-profit organization, it was managed by a Board of Directors and was to become “state-approved” as in 1972.
AN ANNUAL EVENT
It has taken place every year – with the exception of 1948 and 1950 – first in the month of September, then in May as of 1952. After years of “Grand Prix,”the award given to the best film director, the Palme d’Or or (“Golden Palm”) was created in 1955. The “Palme” has become the enduring symbol of the event. It is presented in a case of pure blue Moroccan leather, lined with white suede.
FORMULA 1 RACE FOLLOWS FILM FESTIVAL
The film festival takes place from May 11 to 22. Many attendees remain in town to attend the Formula 1 auto racing event along the streets of Monte Carlo, May 26 – 29.