Cannes Film Festival 2012
The Cannes Film Festival, or as it is said in French, Le Festival International du Film de Cannes, is an annual international film festival held in Cannes, France. The popularity of this festival attracts visitors and generates media coverage from around the world. Film and creative arts enthusiasts wait each year, in anticipation for this influential and inspiring event.
Usually held in May each year, at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, The 65th Cannes Film Festival will be held from 16 to 27 May, 2012. The official selection is announced in April each year, on the Festival's website, and a press conference is held on the same day.
Founded in 1946, The Cannes Film Festival is among the world's most prestigious and publicised film festivals. One of the reasons for this, is that film makers can only become involved after an invitation, which ensure the quality of the films. Access to the festival screenings is upon presentation of badge or invitation only.
Jean Zay, Minister for Education and Fine Arts, created The Cannes Film Festival, with the purpose of competing with the Venice Film Festival. His purpose was to establish a new international cultural event in France, draw the spotlight on France as a country, and the love and involvement France has in supporting film, arts and culture world-wide. The Festival was first held, in Cannes in 1946 and has grown with popularity every year. All genres, including documentaries, are included from countries around the world.
Over 40 countries were included in The Cannes Film Festival in 2011, and in the efforts of providing for a diverse international audience, the official website added in more languages, so a greater number of film enthusiasts could stay updated on the festival procedures and films chosen and celebrated. These languages include French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Russian.
The Cannes Film Festival has started to recognise the needs for public involvement. Traditionally this festival is strictly for film industry professionals only, however recent attempts to involve the public as spectators and film enthusiasts include outdoor broadcasts of the films every night at Cinéma de la Plage, and the showing of the opening ceremony as a feature in public cinemas.
The Cannes Film Festival is responsible for public perception of a film, and the growth of the film industry as a whole each year. The film makers who are included in the festival receive instant recognition and are viewed as successful in their professional achievements