Initially, many French towns were proposed such as Algiers and Biarritz, but Cannes
was chosen and in June 1939 Louis Lumiere became the president of the 1st festival which never happened. This first festival was intended to be held on 1st-30th September 1939. As France and Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, launching the 2nd World War, the Cannes Film Festival was shelved until 1946 when the 1st festival actually took place to critical acclaim.
The following year the festival presented films from 16 countries and a principal of equality was introduced by having a jury made up of one representative per country. In 1955 the Golden Palm (Palme d'Or) was created to replace "Grand Prix du Festival" and in 1959 exchanges between sellers and buyers arranged under international agreement became a business basis for the film industry. This still holds true today where many producers go to Cannes in order to find International distribution for their films.
In 1962 the International Critics' Week was started with the idea of making awards to film directors and this prompted the formation of the Film Directors' Society. By 1972 the new President and his managing director introduced an even more important change in the selection of the films. Up till then each country chose which films would represent them at the Festival. The change agreed was to have one committee selecting French films and another for overseas films. In 1978 the President introduced a Camera d'Or award and shortened the festival to 13 days. When the new and bigger Palais du Festival (originally made for the festival in 1946) finished in 2002, the Festival officially became known as the "Festival de Cannes".
Today The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious festivals in Europe along with the Berlin Film Festival and the Venice
Film Festival. In addition to movie stars, these festivals attract the rich and famous from all over the globe. It is interesting to note that , the Cannes Film Festival is the most sought after events
to attend. Tickets are not paid for, it is an exclusive festival that you have to be invited to.
Cannes yacht charters
Yacht chartering is an attractive option as hotel bookings can be difficult even though Cannes
has over 100 hotels. By mooring in the Cannes marina there is a mere 2-minute walk along the Croisette to the nearest beach and a 10-minute walk to the Palais des Festivals. This is why chartering a yacht for this event has become so popular.
In order to reserve the best luxury yacht and mooring for the Film festival, Bluewater recommends the booking is made at least a year in advance. However, there are always last minute availabilities so don't despair if you weren't able to book a year in advance. Our professional yacht charter department will be able to provide you with all the service.
It is one of the premier yachting events
on the glamourous French Riviera
and marks the start of the busy Mediterranean summer season. Previewing new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world, it is recognised as one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world.
The invitation-only festival is held annually in May at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, where the movie industry's elite step from their motor yachts
onto the red carpets that line the quays. The newest and largest yachts act as platforms to host parties with the world's best known entertainers.
Chartering a yacht is an exclusive ticket to experiencing this world renowned celebration with international stars.