Cannes Film Festival

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The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1946, is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious film festivals.[1][2] The private festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France.

The 63rd edition took place from 12 May to 23 May 2010. The President of the Jury was American film director Tim Burton.[3]

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Festival

Programmes

The Cannes Film Festival is organised in various sections:[4]

  • The Official Selection - The main event of the festival.
    • In Competition - The twenty films competing for the Palme d'Or. They are projected in the Théâtre Lumière.
    • Un Certain Regard - Twenty films selected from cultures near and far; original and different works. They are projected at the Salle Debussy.
    • Out of Competition - These films are also projected in the Théâtre Lumière but do not compete for the main prize.
    • Special Screenings - The selection committee chooses for these films an environment specially adapted to their particular identity.
    • Cinéfondation - About fifteen shorts and medium-length motion pictures from film schools over the world are presented at the Salle Buñuel.
    • Short Films - The shorts competing for the Short Film Palme d'Or are presented at the Buñuel and Debussy theatres. There are approximately 10 films in this competition.
  • Parallel Sections - These are non-competitive programmes dedicated to discovering other aspects of cinema.
    • Cannes Classics - It celebrates the heritage of film, aiming to highlight works of the past, presented with brand new or restored prints.
    • Tous les Cinémas du Monde - It showcases the vitality and diversity of cinema across the world. Each day, one country is invited to present a range of features and shorts in celebration of its unique culture, identity and recent film works.
    • Caméra d'Or - It rewards the best first film of the Festival, choosing among the debutants' works among the Official Selection, the Directors' Fortnight and the International Critics' Week selections.
    • Cinéma de la Plage - Screening of Cannes Classics and Out of Competition films for the mass public on Macé beach, preceded by a programme dedicated to film music.
  • Other Sections - Produced by outside organizations during the Cannes Festival.
  • Events
    • Marché du Film - The busiest movie market of the world.
    • Masterclasses - Given in public by world renowned filmmakers.
    • Tributes - Honors internationally renowned artists with the presentation of the Festival Trophee following the screening of one of their films.
    • Producers Network - An opportunity to make international co-productions.
    • Exhibitions - Each year, an artist, a body of work or a cinematographic theme becomes the focus of an exhibition that diversifies or illustrates the event's programme.
    • 60th Anniversary - Events organised in 2007 dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Festival.

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