Within the list of film festivals a name which comes up to surface again and again is Cannes Film Festival. It’s theme, fashionable arrivals, secrecy stays on the media, even when it is not happening. The whole world looks up to it for inspiration, motivation and topics for hot discussion rounds.
Some critics may even go further and say that it is the best film festival in the world. And you can never forget its capacity to market films. For example: the Korean movie “Parasite”. The Cannes Film Festival, which consolidates fabulous, elegant honorary pathway debuts with long, depleting long periods of screenings, gatherings, systems administration, and gatherings.
How it works?
Every year in May, the little city of Cannes in southern France transforms into a gathering spot for cinema's players, would-be players, and those who write about them. Compositionally, it's an unrestricted film festival that has propelled the careers of filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh. It hosts events ranging from black-tie premieres to midnight movies on the beach, and it has evolved into a very complex system of major events, sidebars, and accolades.
Who selects the films that screen at Cannes?
Screenings are broken down into categories, including the main judged competition, Cinefondation picks, Un Certain Regard films, and films presented outside the competition. Cannes exposed their selection committee to the public for the first time in 2019 and this year. The 2020 panel consisted of five women, three of whom had previously served on the committee. This was a huge step forward for the festival in meeting its goal to advance gender equality.
In recent years, there also has been journalists, industrialists, big actors who have been the jury and is responsible for selecting the films. For example: this year Cannes festival jury member included one pf top Bollywood actress, Deepika Padukon.
How to apply at Cannes Film Festival?
There are guidelines for four major categories, however all filmmakers must complete an online submission form and either submit (for shorts) or transmit a copy of the movie (for features).
Simply go to their website, find the section your work falls into, find the online form and submit your movie. If you got selected, they will call or email you and invite to the screening.
Why Cannes is the best film festival in the world?
Apart from the fashion, glam, popularity, Internet craze there are more reasons that makes Cannes film Festival, the best film festival in the world. The festival has a long history of promoting various aspects of Hollywood cinema. The Palme d'Or and subsequent accolades were a hotspot for American independent directors in the 1970s: "Apocalypse Now," "Taxi Driver," "MASH," "The Conversation," and "Scarecrow" all won. Indie films from the 1990s also had a strong showing at the festival, with Palme d'Or winners including "Sex, Lies, and Videotapes," "Pulp Fiction," "Barton Fink," and "Wild at Heart." Many of these films were nominated for Academy Awards, BAFTAs, and Golden Globes.
This is a heaven for the independent filmmakers. This is the reason it called the most prestigious film festival in the world. This is why it is so important.
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