The Cannes International Film Festival, which was founded in 1946, is held annually in Cannes, France. The film festival is one of the most popular and highly respected in the world. The main purpose of the festival is to bring attention to and to boost the profile of films, with the hopes of increasing the focus on developing and celebrating cinema both in Europe and worldwide.
The film festival, which previews more than 1,500 films in Cannes each year, is organized into a variety of categories. The main catagory of the festival is the In Competition category, where 20 films complete for the coveted Palme d’Or award, which means Golden Palm in French. The Palme d’Or is the top award, and it is given for the best film at the Cannes International Film Festival. Other awards in the In Competition category include prizes for best short film, best actress, best actor, best director, and best screenplay.
Films that are not competing in the In Competition category have an opportunity to win awards in the Out of Competition category. These films have a large impact on the screenings at the Cannes International Film Festival, as they give film viewers the opportunity to see films that are more personal in nature. Awards for best young talent, best student film, film critics prize, and best canine performance, are just a few of the awards that can be won in the Out of Competition category.
The Cannes International Film Festival is an invitation only film festival. For this reason, it is also one of the most highly publicized film festivals with an extravagant red carpet that is full of celebrities and well-known professionals in the cinema industry. The film festival has become a social event with plenty of media attention, but the festival organizers are fine with this. The more publicity and media coverage the film festival has, helps to provide more opportunities for new and talented people in the film industry to be discovered.
The film festival takes place every year in May. The 2015 Cannes International Film Festival will be held from May 13th 2015 until May 24th 2015. Visitors who wish attend the festival will have difficulty finding tickets, as it is an invitation only event. Some times tickets can be available from individuals in the film industry for some of the midnight showings, as these often have some availability.