Little Bits of History

Cannes Film Festival

Posted in History by patriciahysell on September 27, 2010

Cannes Film Festival

September 20, 1946: The first Cannes Film Festival is held. This was the second attempt of the first Cannes Film Festival. Back in 1939 the festival started with a screening of The Hunchback of Notre Dame but Hitler invaded Poland and The Wizard of Oz, the next film on the agenda, never hit the screen.

There are several important film festivals held yearly. Including Cannes, one is held in  Toronto, another in Berlin, and finally one in Venice. At Cannes, the award for best film is the Palme d’Or which translates to Golden Palm. The festival is a showcase for European films and predicts both commercial success as well as critical acclaim.

Because so many movie stars from across the globe come to the festival, usually held in May, it is a breeding ground for new projects. Producers pitch their ideas to a rapt crowds. They also use the time to sell produced work to distributors.

The festival met with some financial setbacks and was not held in 1949 and 1950 due to financial constraints. In 1968 the festival was cancelled on May 15 in a move of solidarity with the striking unions throughout France. The popularity of the event is such that Cannes claims it is “the world’s premier event after the Olympic Games.”

“So, where’s the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?” – Christina Aguilera

“Hollywood may be as American as apple pie, but some of the best – and best-looking – actors and actresses are foreign born. What better way to celebrate the global film community than to go to Cannes with an international sex symbol?” – Shane Evangelist

“It’s almost as if this is going to be the year of adult animation at Cannes. I think they’re competing with us for the maddest film at Cannes.” – Sarah Radclyffe

“Most horror movies are certainly that.” – Brendan Francis

Also on this day, in 1973 Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes.