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Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

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Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.jpg
Location Cannes, France
Coordinates 43°33′03.10″N 7°01′02.10″E / 43.5508611°N 7.0172500°E / 43.5508611; 7.0172500
Operator SEMEC
Capacity 2,300
Built 1949
Opened 1949 (first building)
December 1982 (second building)
Expanded 1999
Architect Sir Hubert Bennett and François Druet (second building)
Cannes Film Festival

The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès (Palace of Festivals and Conferences) is a convention center in Cannes, France, the venue for the Cannes Film Festival and the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The building opened in 1982.

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A Palais des Festivals et des Congrès production, in partnership with INA With Karl E LANDLER, Nina SEUL and the voice of Patrick POIVEY Directed by VSP – DK MOTION Based on the original idea of Mathieu CAILLIERE and Benoit LAMOUCHE INSIDE – 30 years of the Palais des Festivals and Conference Centre EPISODE 1 – HOME SIDE In the year 2242 The ecological catastrophe has tipped mankind into darkness and the sparse population now lives underground I am the witness of a future that I hope you have escaped. If you can hear me, that means that our damn archives officer, PG Roy, has succeeded in his mission, by allowing your future to see its past. He managed to reverse the order of things. This also means that I no longer exist. I would be wrong to let it worry me. And yet all this began when he discovered the pictures of that mysterious Palais… I couldn’t imagine how those films – which are nearly three centuries old – could possibly change the future of mankind… or what was left of it… I was wrong ! Light Maestro… They’ve arrived ! Ah… the old life… that was real life ! 1982… good choice… Bennett, found The Palais des Festivals et des Congrés When – quite by chance – I started watching news réels from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, I came across these documentaries devoted to a strange building. To start with, in view of the technical means, the ingeniosity and the technological breakthroughs that you implemented in its construction, some of us originally thought it was a sort of temple devoted to the gods. I didn’t believe that at all. Mr. Georges-Charles Ladevèze, Mayor of Cannes Every year, the city of Cannes plays host to several major international events. I’m referring to the International Film Festival, to the MIDEM, to MIP-TV, to MIPCOM. These major events are struggling for space in the current Palais and they need more room. Besides this, these events block the current Palais for six months of the year. This meant that the city of Cannes had a problem to solve : either we kept these major events or we let them go elsewhere… For the city of Cannes, the choice was obvious. Floor space : 50 000 square metres. A conference hall : 2 500 seats. A theatre : 1 000 spectators. A cocktail lounge : 3 000 guests. To summarise, this was an ambitious project whose estimated cost reached 20 million francs. What was that ? Who is that woman ? To be continued



The first Palais des Festivals et des Congrès was built in 1949 to host the Cannes Film Festival. The original building was located on the boulevard of Promenade de la Croisette on the present site of the JW Marriott Cannes. That building hosted the 4th and 6th Eurovision Song Contests in 1959 and 1961.

In response to the growing success of the Film Festival and the advent of the first business conventions, such as the MIPTV Media Market since 1965, the City of Cannes decided to build a new Palais in 1979. The new building, a six-storey building designed in the Modernist style by the architects Sir Hubert Bennett and François Druet,[1] was constructed on the site of the municipal Casino. It opened in December 1982 and was expanded in 1999 with the construction of the Espace Riviera, a new space of 10,000 square meters.

In January 1992, the Society of Mixed Economy for the Events of the city of Cannes (SEMEC), was created to manage the Palais. SEMEC resulted from the merger of three non-profit organizations: Cannes Tourism, the OMACC and the association Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.


The Palais des Festivals is located at the top of blvd. de la Croisette, east of the port.[2] It has an overall space capacity of 25,000 square meters for exhibitions, as well as numerous rooms and 18 auditoriums, the largest of which has a capacity of 2,300. It is the venue for the annual Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes), and possesses "modern and high-tech facilities" for housing conferences throughout the year.[3]


  1. ^ Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes, Emporis
  2. ^ Michelin Travel & Lifestyle (1 April 2012). Michelin Green Guide French Riviera. Michelin Travel & Lifestyle. p. 306. ISBN 978-2-06-718258-5. 
  3. ^ Marijke de Valck (2007). Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia. Amsterdam University Press. pp. 117–8. ISBN 978-90-5356-192-8. 


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Preceded by
AVRO Studios
Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by
Royal Festival Hall
Preceded by
Royal Festival Hall
Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by
Villa Louvigny
Luxembourg City

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