The Cannes Film Festival is a much-awaited event of the year for the entertainment industry. The city gets filled with stars every year. You can see your favorite actor or actress standing on the red carpet. Some of the best films of the year are shown at this festival. Here are some interesting facts you should know about the Cannes Film Festival.
It almost didn’t happen
The reforming education minister of France, Jean Zay was the first person to come with the concept of having a global film festival. However, not enough money could be collected for hosting the event.
The war also broke out and the Cannes festival didn’t happen. Finally in 1946, after the war, it started and now continues to be one of the largest events in the entertainment sector today.
Burglary was a common event at the Cannes. Some of the biggest jewelry heists took place at this event. In 2013, a robber took gems worth about 103 million euros from the Carlton hotel that was supposed to be shown at a diamond exhibition. In 2015, about 17.5 million euros of jewelry was stolen from the Cartier shop.
The trophy you get for winning is a beautiful Golden palm branch. It’s worth 20,000 euros and is made of 18-carat gold. Two awards are made each year in case of an accident.
Contribution of the British
Cannes was a fishing village. The British made it into a fashionable resort. The British industrialists and aristocrats built their winter homes here.
Every year people involved in the movie industry wait for this great event to showcase their talents. It’s a place where you can build some great networks as well.