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Cannes International Film Festival Fast Facts

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October 20, 2014 -- Updated 1532 GMT (2332 HKT)
Since its inception in 1947, Cannes Film Festival has always been as much about the fashion as the films. Over seven decades the Cannes carpet has seen its fair share of both fashion faux pas and phenomenons, the highlights of which are documented here; starting with Sophia Loren. One of the early aficionados of Cannes glamor, the Houseboat actress attended the eighth festival in this nautical ensemble. Her simple pleats and modest white heels are a far cry from today's lavish outfits. Since its inception in 1947, Cannes Film Festival has always been as much about the fashion as the films. Over seven decades the Cannes carpet has seen its fair share of both fashion faux pas and phenomenons, the highlights of which are documented here; starting with Sophia Loren. One of the early aficionados of Cannes glamor, the Houseboat actress attended the eighth festival in this nautical ensemble. Her simple pleats and modest white heels are a far cry from today's lavish outfits.
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Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes
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(CNN) -- Here's a look at what you need to know about the Cannes International Film Festival.

May 14-May 25, 2014 - The 67th Cannes Film Festival takes place in Cannes, France. Jurors include Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Gael Garcia Bernal and Jia Zhangke.

2014 Winners:
Palme d'Or
"Winter Sleep"

Grand Prix
"Le Meraviglie (The Wonders)"

Award for Best Director
Bennett Miller for "Foxcatcher"

Award for Best Screenplay
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin for "Leviathan"

Award for Best Actress
Julianne Moore in "Maps to the Stars"

Award for Best Actor
Timothy Spall in "Mr. Turner"

Jury Prize
"Mommy"

Other Facts:
The correct pronunciation of the city is "can".

Around 4,000 journalists from 75 countries attend the Festival each year.

The Festival lasts for approximately two weeks.

The top award at the festival is the Palme d'Or, the prize for best film. It was first presented in 1955, replacing another "Grand Prix" prize.

The top award for a first film is the Camera d'Or, presented by an independent jury. It was first presented in 1978.

The festival is divided into five sections:
1. In Competition - films up for the Palme d'Or.

2. Out of Competition - films not competing for the top prize, but there for the publicity.

3. Un Certain Regard - usually challenging art films that aren't quite up to competing in the mainstream.

4. Cinéfondation - works done by film students.

5. The Market - started in the early 1960s, a place to buy and sell films.

There are two festivals which are not part of the official Cannes festival but run at the same time:
1. Cannes International Critics Week.

2. The Directors Fortnight.

Timeline:
September 1, 1939 - The first "Festival International du Film" opens in Cannes, but Germany's invasion of Poland that day, beginning World War II, forces the festival to close on September 2.

September 20, 1946 - The first full length Cannes Film Festival opens.

1948 and 1950 - The festival is canceled due to lack of funds.

1951 - The festival moves from September to April. Later in the 1950s it moves to May.

1968 - Political turmoil shuts down the festival at its midpoint, when student demonstrations and striking workers throw France into turmoil.

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