The cannes international film festival (french: le festival international du film de cannes or just festival de cannes) is an annual film festival held in cannes, france, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. founded in 1946, it is one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world. the invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in may) at the palais des festivals et des congrès. the 2014 cannes film festival took place between 14–25 may 2014. new zealand film director jane campion was the president of the jury. winter sleep, the movie of turkish director nuri bilge ceylan won palme d'or. on 1 july 2014, co-founder and former head of french pay-tv operator canal plus pierre lescure is scheduled to take over as president of the festival. france also hosts its national film awards, the césar awards, which are generally considered to be the french equivalent of the american academy awards.