Speaking of film festivals, most people will mention these four most famous ones:
Venice International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, and Oscar Golden Statuettes.
However, many people only know their names and fame, but few know about their purposes and missions.
Festival de Cannes is widely considered as one of the most prestigious film festival in the world, mainly because of its exclusivity and long history of premiering some of the greatest films of all time. People’s impression of Cannes is completely accorded with the mission of the Festival de Cannes.
In Week 5’s seminar, we talked about the mission of the Festival de Cannes. The Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films, with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level, since it wants to achieve this level of longevity. Even in today, the profession of faith constitutes the first article of the Festival regulations.
In my opinion, the Festival de Cannes’s perseverance of its mission of contributing to the creation and distribution of films mainly reflects in three aspects: the passion for films, the discovery of new talents and the bringing together of professionals and journalists from all over the world.
First, in terms of Cannes’s passion of films, the most important section of it is the selection of films which will be shown during the festival. The criterion of films shown in the Festival de Cannes is very strict because only a few dozen films can be chosen, and they are often from prestigious directors whose work has previously played at Cannes. Moreover, the structure of Cannes film selection is also very rigorous, because there are four different kinds among its Official Selection including Competition films, Out of Competition films, Special Screenings and Midnight Screenings. In the Competition selection, only 20 films will be chosen to premiere in competition, which means that they are going to compete for the top Cannes prize: the Palme d’Or (golden palm).
In addition, the Out of Competition films are often films that have a big impact on the cinematic calendar, and the Special Screenings and Midnight Screenings. Except these four selections, audience can also explore the world of cinema in a different way by attending masterclasses, tributes, exhibitions and so on.
Second，in order to encourage film production, the Festival de Cannes set up huge initiatives to discover new talents and act as a springboard for creation. The least visible but most important task of this mission is performed by the team’s ‘talent scouts’ who travel the world and scour film festivals each season to unearth the most promising directors.
Finally, in terms of its mission of bringing together of professionals and journalists from all over the world, the “Red Carpet Steps” must be mentioned. It is no doubt that the “Red Carpet Steps”are the part of this festival that draws the most media attention.
Therefore, the Festival de Cannes has achieved its final mission of contributing to the creation and distribution of films by these three aspects, and other film festivals also have similar missions,