The city of Cannes is located in the department of Alpes-Maritimes, 36 km from Nice, 55 km from Monaco and 60 km from the Italian border. During the film festival, Cannes population (70 200 inhabitants) exceeds 200 000 inhabitants. .
The main resource of Cannes is tourism. The Palaces, major hotels and shops are very numerous.
The seafront, with the famous Croisette, is a major tourist asset Cannes and the Lerins Islands, off the coast, which are part of the town. But Cannes is also world famous for its International Film Festival, held annually in mid May. The Palais des Festivals has become a mythic place for lovers of cinema, which is hurrying to mass on the Croisette to try to see a star out of Carlton, Martinez, or Majestic ...
Outside the festival palace, which serves also welcomes the MIDEM (International Market Of Music Publishing), and a host of other events throughout the year (international festival of games, the boating, etc..) making it the second largest city congress in France after Paris.
In 1939, the government decided french instigation of an International Film Festival. The city of Cannes was chosen for his "sunshine and enchanting." The war postponed its first edition. In 1945, the AFAA received new mission to prepare for the following year a festival under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Education and, from 1946, National Centre of Cinematography newly created position. Despite the difficulties at the time, the Cannes Film Festival was the first major international cultural event after the war.
Cannes quickly became the most publicized city in the world. It still carries the same power of attraction on a French and foreign clientele fascinated by its aura City star. This intense activity tourist sectors ultra developed the hotel, catering and luxury shops offer, between sea and sun, the most prestigious showcase of luxury french.
With the exception of 1948 and 1950, the festival became an annual appointment, first in September and then, from 1,951 in May. S'affirmant as the preferred meeting place of world cinema, the event acquired a reputation based on the balance between artistic quality of films and their commercial impact.
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