In the South of France, the first ever Cannes Film Festival was held in 1947 to celebrate the Art of Film. It was founded by Jean Zay and Philippe Erlanger who invited sixteen countries to present films at the international cinematographic festival.
Thousands of films are submitted of which only 50 feature films and 30 short films are selected by the viewing committee. Over the course of the week, these independent films are shown and only one will walk away with the coveted Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for best picture. Cannes also has become the quintessential festival for French fashion and glamour.