The upcoming 2015 Cannes Film Festival is to be held from 13 to 24 May 2015. The festival is widely considered one of the greatest showcases of cinema in the world, one of the most prestigious stages for any filmmaker! With all the hype surrounding this year’s 68th Annual Festival, here’s some numbers that can give you a scope of the grandeur and splendor of this occasion:
20 Million Euro is the approximate budget of the Festival. Nearly half of it is public-funded by the French government and regional authorities, the other half – from Official partners.
Over 20 000 plants are planted by 250 gardeners during the duration of the Festival, who work around the clock to ensure the well-being of the green areas of Cannes.
73 603 is the population of the city of Cannes, which swells up to over 250 000 during the Festival.
36 000 people are accredited for the festival, of which around 4 500 are journalists. This makes Cannes the 2nd largest media event after the Olympics.
800 police officers will guarantee the security of the guests of the city.
Approximately 2 000 meters or 2 kilometers of red carpet will be unraveled during the course of the festival. The 60-meter carpets are changed three times a day, a total of 180 meters of carpet per day!
A permanent staff of 30 people runs the festival throughout the year, which grows to over 850 during the festival’s duration
4 550 short films were received by the selection committee for the 2015 edition of the Festival, from over 100 countries around the world. Only 9 of them are in competition for the 2015 Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded by Abderrahmane Sissako.
9 is the number of Jury members for this year’s Main Competition. It will be presided by American brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. The other Jury members are Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, French actress/filmmaker Sophie Marceau, English actress Sienna Miller, Malian singer-songwriter and composer Rokia Traoré, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, Canadian director Xavier Dolan and American actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
24 steps lead to the new building of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, constructed on the site of the municipal Casino. Originally housed on the Promenade de la Croisette, the festival moved to the new building in 1982 due to it’s growing success.
MustSeeCinema will guide you through all of the festivities this year. In the spirit of Cannes, and to quote Mr. Quentin Tarantino, Vive le cinéma!!!