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Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival international du film de Cannes or simply le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is considered one of the world's most prestigious film festivals.

The private festival is held annually (usually in the month of May) in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France.

The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d'Or ("Golden Palm") for the best film. The jury of the festival, made of a small international selection of movie professionals, grants other awards, including the Grand Prix ("Grand Prize") — the second most prestigious award. No film can receive more than one award, though one award from the list may be awarded jointly to more than one movie (with the exception of the Palme d'Or).

Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock attended the Film Festival on several occasions to promote his films, including:


  • Part of a worldwide tour to promote Psycho.


  • The Birds was screened out of competition on May 9th, followed by a formal dinner at the Carlton Hotel for around 300 guests.


  • Frenzy was shown out of competition on May 19th, where it received a standing ovation from the audience.


Films Entered into Competition at Cannes



  • none

Other Events



  • Actress Kim Novak was named the guest of honour at the Festival, where she introduced the restored version of Vertigo (1958).



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