On September 20, 1946, the first Cannes Film Festival was held in the Mediterranean resort town of Cannes, France. Today, the awards presented at the Cannes Film Festival are among the most prestigious, diverse, and competitive in the world.
 
A jury of nine film professionals—mostly actors and directors—selects the top winner of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, the president of the jury was New Zealand director Jane Campion, and included Iranian actress Leila Hatami, South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon, and Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal.
 
The winners of the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor, are as diverse as the jury. In 2014, the Palme d’Or went to the Turkish film Winter Sleep. In 2010, the award (from a jury led by American filmmaker Tim Burton) went to the Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can See His Past Lives. In 1994, the jury (led by American filmmaker Clint Eastwood) honored the American film Pulp Fiction.
competition
Noun

contest between organisms for resources, recognition, or group or social status.

diverse
Adjective

varied or having many different types.

present
Verb

to formally offer or submit.

prestigious
Adjective

having a good reputation.

professional
Noun

person who is an expert or makes their living at a specific job or task.

resort
Noun

facility or space people go to relax in a luxury setting.

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