Magnificent yet intriguing history of 'Cannes Film Festival'
The first Cannes International Film Festival took place from September 1 to September 20, 1939, with the aim to improve all sorts of filmmaking and cinematographyAuthor : Nishtha Jairath
The Cannes Film Festival 2022 began on May 17th. The festival will run through May 28. The tale of the Cannes Film Festival's inception is fascinating. It began in 1939 in response to Hitler's arbitrary rule over Germany. This was the era when there was only one Venice Film Festival in the world, where Italian ruler Mussolini and German dictator Adolf Hitler gave awards to films in consultation.
The film did not address issues such as acting, creating, and art. In response to this arbitrariness, the 'Cannes Film Festival' was founded in the French city of Cannes in 1939. It was a rough start, but it is today one of the world's most prominent film festivals.
Let's see how the magnificent and intriguing history of this film festival holds up during the Cannes Film Festival 2022:
When did the first Cannes Film Festival take place?
The first Cannes International Film Festival took place from September 1 to September 20, 1939. It aimed to improve all sorts of filmmaking and cinematography.
After 6 years, a spectacular return:
After 6 years break between 1939 and 1946, the event was revived from September 20 to October 5, 1946. This year, 20 countries took part in the event, with films premiering at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Every year since 1951, a film festival has been organized:
The festival was supposed to take place in September 1951, but it was moved to between March and June to avoid direct rivalry with the Venice Film Festival. People began to participate enthusiastically in this event, which became well-known as a result of the extensive coverage.
Indian films were included at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time in 1984:
Robert Favre Le Brett succeeded Pierre Voyt as President in 1984. Peere instituted new standards and made several revisions, as a result of which nations such as India, China, New Zealand, the Philippines, Argentina, Cuba, and Australia were granted admission to the annual Cannes Film Festival.
The first film to get the prize was Neecha Nagar from India:
Although India received its official entry in 1984, Neecha Nagar was the very first Indian film to receive the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival. That's the only Indian film to have received the Palm d'Or. It won the first Cannes Film Festival in 1946.
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Some significant Cannes Film Festival information:
· The Palm d'Or Award was first presented in 1955. Previously, the winners received the Grand Prix.
· Dolores de Rio was the first woman to serve on the ceremony's jury in 1957.
· The red carpet was created in 1989, and numerous celebrities attended the event as a result
· The Cannes Film Festival has never been canceled since 1951, except in 2020, because of the Corona pandemic.
· In 2015, there were complaints about celebrities canceling earning flat-soled slippers, and numerous celebrities spoke out.
· Chetan Anand was the first Indian to join the International Jury in 1950.
· Aishwarya Rai became the first Indian woman to serve on the jury in 2003.
· India was selected to be the Country of Honor at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time in 2022.