1946 Cannes Film Festival

The 1st annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 20 September to 5 October 1946. Twenty-one countries presented their films at the "First Cannes International Film Festival", which took place at the former Casino of Cannes. Only one year after the end of World War II, most of the films were about the war.[3] There arose several technical issues, such as the tarpauline cover blowing away in a storm on the day before the winners were to be announced, the reels of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious shown in reverse order, and Miguel M. Delgado’s The Three Musketeers projected upside-down.[4]

1st Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 1st Cannes Film Festival illustrated by Leblanc[1]
LocationCannes, France
AwardsGrand Prix[2]
Festival date20 September 1946 (1946-09-20) – 5 October 1946 (1946-10-05)
Cannes Film Festival

During the first festival, the jury was made up of one representative per country, with French historian Georges Huisman as the Jury President. With more emphasis on creativity than in competitiveness, eighteen nations presented their films. Eleven of them tied for the first Grand Prix of the International Festival.[5][6][7]



The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature and short films:[8]

  • Georges Huisman (historian) (France) - Jury President
  • Iris Barry (USA)
  • Beaulieu (Canada)
  • Antonin Brousil (Czechoslovakia)
  • J.H.J. De Jong (Netherlands)
  • Don Tudor (Romania)
  • Samuel Findlater (UK)
  • Sergei Gerasimov (Soviet Union)
  • Jan Korngold (Poland)
  • Domingos Mascarenhas (Portugal)
  • Hugo Mauerhofer (Switzerland)
  • Filippo Mennini (Italy)
  • Moltke-Hansen (Norway)
  • Fernand Rigot (Belgium)
  • Kjell Stromberg (Sweden)
  • Rodolfo Usigli (Mexico)
  • Youssef Wahby (Egypt)
  • Helge Wamberg (Denmark)



The following films competed for the Grand Prix:[9][10]

Short films


The following short films were selected for the Grand Prix du court métrage:[9]



The following films and people received the 1946 awards:[2]

Official awards


Feature Films

Short Films[2]

Independent awards


FIPRESCI Prize[12]

International Peace Award


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  5. ^ "First Cannes Film Festival". history.com. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013.
  6. ^ "1ère Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  7. ^ "1946 - Cannes, ville ouverte (Cannes, open city)". cannes-fest.com/ (in French). Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Juries 1946: All the Juries". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Official Selection 1946". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015.
  10. ^ "1946 Retrospective, In competition feature films". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 25 June 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Hets (1944) / Awards". The Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  12. ^ "FIPRESCI Awards 1946". fipresci.org. Retrieved 24 June 2017.