French Film Festivals


People take a lot of interest in French cinema. French film festivals are a great way to showcase the brilliance of French cinema to the world. French film festivals are held at several places. Here are the most important festivals:

– Cannes Film Festival: this renowned Festival is held in May every year. This is the most important French Film Festival. It continues for 12 days at a stretch and film stars from all over the world are honored with invitation for this grand event. More than 30,000 film personalities attend this festival.

– Amongst the invitees, not only do the film stars attend this event but everyone including the directors, distributers, and producers attend this event. Celebrities walk the red carpet at the Cannes Festival. Some 20 films are selected to be judged and therefore the best director, the best actor and the best actress are decided.

The films that are shown are not open to the public. But there are events where common people can take part.


The film festival started with the cannes festival 64 years ago, in the year 1946. The 2nd year of its commencement, 16 different countries participated. A jury is appointed every year. The heads of the jury appoints the other members of the panel. Together they choose films that have excelled in their quality and honor in the form of awards and appreciation are bestowed on the films. The 1st time it was held in 1946, it was an enormous success. Its popularity has increased thereafter.

In the year 1955, the Golden Palm was introduced in these Festivals. It was a big event in its history.


The awards are bestowed on different aspects of film making. Altogether there are 3 categories on which awards are distributed. Competition is very tough and some of the most sought after prizes at the French Film Festival are the: Golden Palm, the grand prize of festival, jury prize, best actor female, best actor male, best director, best screenplay. There are awards for the best feature film, best students’ film etc


It was held between 12th – 23rd may 1010. Short films were also given a section from this year. Tim Burton was the head of the jury the last French film festival was big as ever.

Another French festival which deserves equal importance:

– Carnival in Nice: this festival starts during winter, in the month of February. In this French Film Festival spectators do not take part in the events with masks and fancy dresses on, quite unlike the Mardi Gras which is held in New Orleans. This does not diminish the spirit of this festival which is unique in its own way. There are several parades that are held, flowers displayed all around, and several neighborhood events that take place.