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).
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.
- Family Plot was screened out of competition.
Films Entered into Competition at Cannes
- A tribute was held to Hitchcock, who had died the previous month. Among the attendees was Princess Grace of Monaco.
- Actress Kim Novak was named the guest of honour at the Festival, where she introduced the restored version of Vertigo (1958).
- The newly restored print of Jamaica Inn (1939) was premiered at the film festival. The 4K digital restoration by the Cohen Film Collection was based on the British Film Institute's original nitrate negatives of the film.