(PARIS-AFP) – Here is a statistical snapshot of the May 14-25 Cannes Film Festival:
— 1,700: The feature-length films submitted to the festival of which 18 are in the competition for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize, and 20 in the new talent “Un Certain Regard” section.
— 19: The number of 18-carat gold leaves on the crystal Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize. The award is made by Swiss jewellers Chopard.
— 12,000: The movie professionals taking part in the “The Film Market”, the business arm of the festival where films are bought and sold.
— 8: The number of film-makers who have won Cannes’ top prize twice: Billie August, Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Shohei Imamura, Emir Kusturica, Michael Haneke and Alf Sjoberg.
— 60: The length in metres (yards) of Cannes’ fabled red carpet, which ascends 24 steps at the Palais des Festivals. The red carpet gets used several times a day, ahead of films that are shown in competition or for out-of-competition screenings.
— 400: The hand prints taken by Nadine Seul who each year seeks out the biggest stars to press their hands into a block of clay that is turned into a stainless steel cast and placed on the “Allee des Etoiles” that winds its way around the Palais des Festivals.
— 4: The years, excluding its suspension during WWII, when the festival has been disrupted or failed to go ahead due to war, shortage of funding or civil unrest: 1939; 1948, 1950 and 1968.
– 4,580: Members of the media that covered the festival in 2013. Over the decades, interest has mushroomed with the media numbering just 700 in 1966 and 1,150 in 1973.
(Sources: Cannes Film Festival and Film Market, Cannes City Hall; some figures are approximate)