Cannes Film Festival in France
This is a resin fridge magnet souvenir to commemorate the Cannes Film Festival in France. The Cannes International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, French Riviera in France, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d'Or (or the "Golden Palm") for the best film. There are also prizes for Grand Prize of the Festival, Jury Prize, Best Short Film, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Young talent (or innovative and audacious works), Student films, and Best first feature film. Founded in 1946, it is one of the most prestigious and publicized film festival in the world. The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres. Past winners include Apocalypse Now, Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver, All that Jazz, The Piano and MASH.
The Cannes Film Festival has its origins in the late 1930s when Jean Zay, the French Minister of National Education, on the proposal of Philippe Erlanger and with the support of the British and Americans, set up an international cinematographic festival. In 1947, the festival was held as the "Festival du film de Cannes", where films from sixteen countries were presented. At that time the principle of equality was introduced, with a jury made up of only one representative per country. The festival is now held at the Palais des Festivals. Although its origins may be attributed in part to the French desire to compete with the autumn Venice Film Festival, in 1951 Cannes was moved to Spring to avoid a Fall clash. In 1959, the Marche du Film (Film Market) was founded, giving the festival a commercial character and facilitating exchanges between sellers and buyers in the film industry. Today it has become the first international platform for film commerce.