Le Festival de Cannes - 71th edition
“Cannes belongs to each and every one of us who, year after year, from wherever we are and in our own individual way, contributes towards creating it step by step. It is only by constantly analyzing the Festival, adapting its function and encouraging debate about it that we will continue to make it the very best it can be. Cannes must be open to new ideas, while remaining faithful to its past, of course. Diversity can only enrich it. That´s what makes the Festival de Cannes our festival.”
Since its inauguration in 1946, the Festival de Cannes has always celebrated passion for film.
Throughout the years, the constant increase in participants and new economic issues has made the Festival the annual meeting place for film industry professionals. The success of the event was such that the need for a space uniquely for professionals who had, until then, been dispersed throughout hotels, villas, and apartments in Cannes became apparent.
That is how the first Marché du Film came to be in 1959 with a few dozen participants and one screening room made out of fabric stretched across the top of the old Palais Croisette. This tiny market became the international event it is today; conceived, organized, and planned around one goal: the success of all films.
50 years later, the Marché attracts 10,000 participants who use this unique environment to debut and discover almost 4,000 films and projects in 32 screening rooms.
After the opening of Riviera in May 2000, then Lérins a few years later, a veritable hub for the film industry was created around the famous Palais du Festival and the “Village International”. It became known as the place to promote international film. This evolution allowed the Marché du Film to host more and more visitors every year.