Cannes is a small village in France and the site of one of the largest festivals in Europe. There are few film festivals in the world as glamorous or celebrated as Cannes. This year it takes place from May 14 to May 25. A complete by-invitation-only event, Cannes film festival is the world’s premier and witnesses the screening of almost all genres of the most brilliant movies of the year for a select audience. Held at the beautiful Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the festival has swayed the film world’s attention from the Venice Film Festival that had developed a fascist streak. Every year, the festival also honors the best film with the famous Palm d’Or, which is often regarded as a more prestigious recognition than the Oscars.
Each year 30,000 of budding and established filmmakers and dedicated fans descend on the small slither of French paradise to bask in the glory film making. Those who aren’t basking are selling, buying, or promoting their own creations. The energy is electric, and prices over the course of the event are equally shocking.