Cannes Film Festival

May is the time when the weather warms, the beaches become filled with people, and celebrities from around the world gather in the French Riviera. Why? It’s Cannes!

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What is Cannes?
“Cannes” is another name for the Cannes Film Festival. Until 2002, it was called the “International Film Festival.” The festival is in Cannes, France, each year in May (this year from May 17-28). The 2017 Cannes is special: this will be the festival’s 70th year.

Cannes is not like events such as the Academy Awards (also called the Oscars), which are only awards shows. Cannes is where new films from all over the world are previewed, and it provides great opportunities for European film makers: because many film producers and celebrities attend, the festival is an excellent place for filmmakers to sell their films. People attend Cannes by invitation only.

Cannes Jury
Cannes awards are chosen by the Cannes jury (the group of people who vote). Each year, these jury members, who are all people in the international film industry, are chosen by the Cannes board of directors. The board also chooses a jury president. For 2017, the president is Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.

Cannes Awards
Cannes gives many awards at its competition. The names of the awards are in French; below we are also giving including an English translation of the names.


The main awards of the festival are the following:

  • Palme d’Or (Golden Palm). This award is for the best film of the year. The film is selected from 20 films.
  • Grand Prix (Grand Prize). This award is similar to “Second Place” for the festival’s films.
  • Prix du Jury (Jury Prize). This award is considered to be “Third Prize” at the festival.
  • Palme d’Or du court métrage (Best Short Film). This is the award for the best film in the category of short film.
  • Prix d’interprétation féminine (Best Actress)
  • Prix d’interprétation masculine (Best Actor)
  • Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director)
  • Prix du scenario (Best Screenplay)

There are other awards and categories, such as awards for student filmmakers, recognition for films about the environment, and a category for documentaries. One of the funniest is the award for the best performance… by a dog! Yes, a dog. The Palm Dog award is for the dog that “acted” the best in a movie.

Compared to shows such as the Oscars, many consider Cannes to be more “serious” festival that is an opportunity to learn about more artistic films.

What do you think? Have you seen some of the Golden Palm winners from previous years? Check out the list of previous winners and see.

By Amanda Jones @Sedimentality 

The 2017 Oscars! (by Amanda Jones)

I know many Americans who have Oscar parties. Are we crazy? Perhaps we are. But Oscar-fever is real, and many have caught this “disease!”

As an English teacher, I of course see everything as an opportunity to learn some new vocabulary. The Oscars are no different! Today we are looking at some of the vocabulary related to the Oscars. Read on to find out more!

oscars-2017-nominaciones-cintas-entretenimiento-aztecatrends-tv-azteca-21149502017 Nominees
What the films that are up for* awards this season? (* we use the expression “to be up for” an award.)

Several movies have been nominated repeatedly, including:

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Have you seen any of these films? If so, do you think that they deserve to be nominated for an Academy Award? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook!

And be sure to check out the Theme Thursday of The Daily Vitamin.

You can check out the full list Academy Awards Nominees page here:

Oscar Fashion
The Oscar night fashion is a big deal: the “best dressed” and “worst dressed” lists are published immediately after the event, and some historic fashion moments are created during the show! Check out this slideshow of some of the most famous fashion moments from the Academy Awards.

Acceptance Speeches
When a nominee wins an award, he or she gives a speech. Most of them are “thank yous” to everyone they work with, but some are heartfelt, emotional, or funny!

Matthew McCononaughey, Best Actor “Dallas Buyers Club” (2014)

Tom Hanks, Best Actor “Forest Gump” (1995)

Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress “Silver Linings Playbook” (2013)

Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress “Les Miserables” (2013)

What’s your most memorable Oscars speech? Share with us in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.