You must have been seeing pictures of certain Bollywood celebrities like Sara Ali Khan, Esha Gupta, Vijay Varma and Mrunal Thakur at the Cannes Film Festival. However, this prestigious event is not just about serving looks for the fashion police to judge. The Festival de Cannes is exactly what its name denotes – a film festival. It previews new films of various genres and hosts jury meetings while also being a great place for networking.
This year, the event is being held from May 16 to 27 in Cannes, the resort town on the French Riviera in France, as usual.
According to Outlook, tickets for the festival can be accessed on the official website of the Cannes Film Festival. The prices range between $6,100 (Rs 5.03 lakh approx) to $25,000 (Rs 20.64 lakh approx).
However, those who wish to attend the film festival for free can go for open-air screenings at the Cinéma de la Plage every evening from 9.30 PM.
There are several sections for movie screenings including Competition, Out of Competition, Short Films, Special Screenings, Midnight Screenings, etc. Every year, 2000 films are reportedly submitted out of which the jury shortlists 50 feature films and 10 short films.
There are a few chosen awards that are handed out to the best films in each category. The Palme d’Or or the ‘Golden Palm’ which is the most prestigious of them all, is given to the best feature film. Outlook reports that the ‘prize’ for winning the Golden Palm includes “exposure and prestige” but monetary prizes are apparently set aside for the winners of other categories during La Semaine de la Critique.
Over the years, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and other notable Bollywood entities have graced the carpet with their memorable looks.
This year, too, is no less!