The Cannes Film Festival was the brainchild of Jean Zay, one of France’s Ministers of Education and Fine Arts. A devoted socialist, Zay did not survive the German occupation of France, but his vision of an international film festival which would showcase global innovations in cinema persisted.
Though the festival was scheduled to make its debuth in 1939, the carnage of WWII saw it postponed until 1946. With the exceptions of 1948 and 1950, the festival has taken place every year since then, usually in May.
Competing films are critiqued by an international jury made up of an eclectic mix of personalities from the film and art world. The largest prizes include the Jury Prize, the Grand Prize and the coveted Palme d’ Or (Golden Palm), which is the highest honor the festival may bestow.
The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most significant film festivals in the world, comparable to its counterparts occurring in Berlin and Venice. It is an effective venue for both viewing and promoting international films, especially those belonging to European cinema. Thus, the prestige and substantial media coverage of the event annually attract world-renowned stars and entice filmmakers to exhibit their work in a bid to gain exposure. 坎城影展：星光熠熠電影大融爐