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By Kripali Sharma Poudel

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The international Festival de Cannes is one of the most widely publicized events and certainly the most important film festival in terms of worldwide impact. The Cannes film festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world. It is one of the three major European film festivals, alongside the Venice Film Festival in Italy, the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, as well as one of the five major international film festivals, which consists of the three major European film festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, and the Sundance Film Festival in the United States.

Cancelled last year for the first time since World War II, this year the Cannes film festival took place from 6th July to 17th July 2021. This year is the 74th season of this film festival. This level of longevity has been achieved by the Cannes Film Festival by remaining faithful to its founding purpose, which is to draw attention to and raise the profile of films. It aims to contribute towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level. The major goal of the Cannes Film Festival has always been to promote the film industry across the world.

Since the inaugural festival in 1946, all of its participants have stayed faithful to this principle in a tiny French coastal village. Since then, Cannes has grown into an international luxury resort known for its glitzy film festival, which attracts the world’s best actors and actresses. The festival has become a popular gathering place for industry executives as well as film fans and people interested in the lives of their favourite actors. A jury of industry specialists, chaired by an elected jury president, decides on the winners.

The Official Selection serves to highlight the diversity of cinematic creation through its different sections, each of which has its own distinct identity. It includes Out of Competition films, Special Screenings, and Midnight Screenings, the historically important films featured in Cannes Classics, and the Cinéfondation selection of films submitted from film schools. The important thing is that this Selection is both balanced and representative of cinematography at the time in terms of creativity and geography.

The 74th edition of the Cannes Festival intended to roll out and organize the event with a proactive environmental policy. It has taken significant measures to cut back on waste and reduce carbon footprints, while also committing to offset emissions directly linked to bringing the event to life.
This festival has supported six international, national and local environmental projects. It has focused on protecting forests from illegal deforestation and poaching, safeguarding the incredibly rich ecosystems, minimising carbon emissions, ensuring water cycle balance as well as reforestation. 

After two postponements, this year’s film festival has brought together major stars like Timothée Chalamet, Marion Cotillard, Bella Hadid, Spike Lee and others who have used the Cannes red carpet to make a statement with their colourful and fantastical looks. The red carpet at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival has given spectators the much needed high-fashion moments that have been lacking throughout the pandemic. The renowned 24 stairs in which the world’s most famous personalities walk, require 60 meters of carpet. It is replaced three times a day during the film festival. 

Although not on the red carpet, Nepali model Anjali Lama had previously walked the ramp during the Cannes Festival in 2018. But the only Nepali celebrity who has ever walked the red carpet of the Cannes Festival is Priyanka Karki. She made her debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. She represented Nepal and made a statement with her glamorous look. It was a moment almost every Nepali was proud of! 



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