2013 Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes International Film Festival 2013…

(French: Le Festival International du Film de Cannes or just Festival de Cannes), is an annual film festival held in Cannes, South of France, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is the world’s most prestigious and publicized film festival.  The invitation-only festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

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The Festival Programme…

The 2013 Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 15 to May 26, 2013. 

The Cannes Film Festival is organised in various sections…

  • 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.
    • Directors’ Fortnight - From 1969, it cast its lot with the avant-garde, even as it created a breeding ground where the Cannes Festival would regularly find its prestigious auteurs.
    • International Critics’ Week
  • 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.

The Awards…

The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d’Or (“Golden Palm”) for the best film.
  • Competition
    • Palme d’Or – Golden Palm
    • Grand Prix – Grand Prize of the Festival
    • Prix du Jury – Jury Prize
    • Palme d’Or du court métrage – Best Short Film
    • Prix d’interprétation féminine – Best Actress
    • Prix d’interprétation masculine – Best Actor
    • Prix de la mise en scène – Best Director
    • Prix du scénario – Best Screenplay
  • Other Sections
    • Prix Un Certain Regard – Young talent, innovative and audacious works
    • Cinéfondation prizes – Student films
    • Caméra d’Or – Best first feature film
  • Given by Independent Entities
    • Prix de la FIPRESCI – International Federation of Film Critics Prize
    • Prix Vulcain – Awarded to a technical artist by the CST
    • International Critics’ Week Prizes
    • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
    • Palm Dog, for best canine performance.
    • Queer Palm, for LGBT-related films.

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The 2013 Jury President: Steven Spielberg…

“My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.”

Taking over the reins from the Italian Nanni Moretti, American director and producer Steven Spielberg agrees to head up the jury this year.

“As they say across the Atlantic”, said Gilles Jacob, President of the Festival de Cannes, “Steven Spielberg is a Cannes ‘regular’: Sugarland Express, Color Purple. But it was with E.T. that I screened as a world premiere in ‘82 that ties were made of the type you never forget. Ever since, I’ve often asked Steven to be Jury President, but he’s always been shooting a film. So when this year I was told “E.T., phone home”, I understood and immediately replied: “At last!”

“Steven Spielberg accepted in principle two years ago”, declared Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival. “He was able to make himself available this year to be the new Jury President and when meeting him these last few weeks it has been obvious he’s excited about the job. Because of his films, and the many causes he holds dear, he’s year-in year-out the equal of the very greatest Hollywood filmmakers. We are very proud to count him among us.”

“The memory of my first Cannes Film Festival, nearly 31 years ago with the debut of E.T., is still one of the most vibrant memories of my career, Spielberg goes on. For over six decades, Cannes has served as a platform for extraordinary films to be discovered and introduced to the world for the first time. It is an honor and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world.”

About the Cannes Film Festival…

“Cannes belongs to each and every one of us who, year after year, from wherever we are and in our own individual way, contributes towards creating it step by step. It is only by constantly analyzing the Festival, adapting its function and encouraging debate about it that we will continue to make it the very best it can be. Cannes must be open to new ideas, while remaining faithful to its past, of course. Diversity can only enrich it. That´s what makes the Festival de Cannes our festival.”  Thierry Frémaux

The 66th Festival de Cannes promises to be an exciting one!

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