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About the Awards at the Cannes Film Festival

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Awards for Films In Competition

The Palme d'Or (English: Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival and is presented to the director of the best feature film of the official competition.
The Grand Prix is an award of the Cannes Film Festival bestowed by the jury of the festival on one of the competing feature films. It is the second-most prestigious prize of the festival after the Palme d'Or

1967-1988 - The award was known as "Grand Prix Spécial du Jury"
1967-1988 - The award was known as "Grand Prix du Jury"

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Other Selections

Un certain regard is a parallel selection at the Cannes Films Festival. Each year, it presents a score of films with all kind of visions and styles; "original and different" works which seek international recognition.
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Independent Entities

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI, short for Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) is an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world for "the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests."
The Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist (French: Prix Vulcain de l’Artiste Technicien) is an independent film award created in 2003. It rewards the work of a technician for his collaboration in the creation of a film from the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. It is awarded by a special jury, appointed by the Superior Technical Commission of Image and Sound (French: Commission Supérieure Technique de l’Image et du Son or CST).
The Ecumenical Jury (French: Jury Œcuménique) is one of three juries at the Cannes Film Festival, along with the official jury and the FIPRESCI jury. The award was created by Christian film makers, film critics and other film professionals. The objective of the award is to "honour works of artistic quality which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes."
The Queer Palm is an independently-sponsored prize for selected LGBT-relevant films entered into the Cannes Film Festival.
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Directors' Fortnight

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International Critics' Week

Awarded to one of the seven feature films in Competition by a Jury presided by a filmmaker and made up of four international film critics
The France 4 Visionary Award aims to reflect the passion and enthusiasm of cinephiles the world over for new talent in the film industry. It is awarded by a Jury presided by a filmmaker and made up of four young critics. They will select one of the seven feature films in the competition, whose director is often from the same generation.
The award is given by a jury formed of directors, who are members of ACID, in the critics week section
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Just a little bit more information on the awards given at the Cannes Film Festival.

My main interest in the Cannes Film Festival is looking for new and emerging directors. The award I'm always the most curious about is the Caméra d'Or, which is awarded to the best first feature film. The Caméra d'Or can be awarded to any film in the parallel selections. So, that covers far more then just what is screened at the Cannes as it covers the "Directors' Fortnight" and "International Critics' Week" as well.

Note: Anything in blockquote is text taken from Wikipedia. I'm not that articulate.

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