Festival de Cannes (en: Cannes Festival, also known as Cannes Film Festival) is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. Before 2002 it was known as Festival international du film (en: International Film Festival).
Palme d'Or (en: Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded at Cannes. In past years the highest prize for film has been known by various names.
Year wise remarks: * 1939–54: Highest Prize for festival was known as Grand Prix du Festival International du Film. * 1939: The festival's debut was to take place in 1939, but it was cancelled due to World War II. Palme d'Or was awarded retrospectively in 2002 by a contemporary jury from the original selection of 1939. * 1946: Festival debuted. Eleven films were awarded Grand Prix du Festival International du Film at the first festival. * 1947: Highest prize was not awarded. * 1948: Festival wasn't organised due to financial problems. * 1950: Festival wasn't organised due to financial problems. * 1955–63: Palme d'Or was created and replaced Grand Prix du Festival International du Film as highest prize. * 1964–74: Grand Prix du Festival International du Film replaced Palme d'Or as highest prize. * 1968: Festival was not held due to May 1968 events in France. * 1975 onwards: Palme d'Or was reintroduced as highest prize replacing Grand Prix du Festival International du Film. * In some years, two films have been awarded highest prize.