Cannes Film Festival Winners List

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 3, 2022, 11:30

The Cannes Film Festival has stayed true to its true and founding philosophy to draw attention to world-class movies in all languages. The aim is to contribute to the development of good wholesome cinema worldwide. The Cannes festival truly celebrates good cinema and has consistently raised the bar of good cinema internationally, giving exposure to films that might not have made it because of all the money, popularity, and media frenzy around Oscars.

Every year, before the event begins, the Cannes Film Festival board of directors appoints the juries. They are the people on whom rests the responsibility of choosing the films which will receive the various category of awards of the festival. Jurors are chosen very carefully from a whole gamut of international artists who themselves are renowned for their body of work and are hugely respected by their peers and the general populace. The jury is presided by a person, again chosen carefully, who is an internationally recognized cinema personality. The festival discovers and then showcases great films to promote filmmaking worldwide. The prestige that the Cannes festival is second to none.

What is Palme d'Or?

The Palme d'Or (English: Golden Palm) is the most coveted prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Introduced in 1955 by the organizing committee, it was preceded by the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film, from 1939 to 1954

Winners of the Cannes Film Festival 2021

  • Palme d'Or: Julia Ducournau for "Titane" (France). Spike Lee, who presided over the jury, gave away the awards. Julia Ducournau won the Cannes' top prize, the Palme d'Or. This makes her the second woman ever to win the award. The first was Jane Campion in 1993, who became the first woman to receive the Palme d'Or for her film The Piano. She was also the only woman to be nominated twice for the Academy Awards for Best Director.
  • Grand Prix: Shared by Ashgar Farhadi for "A Hero" (Iran) and Juho Kuosmanen for "Compartment No.6" (Finland)
  • Best director: Leos Carax "Annette" (France)
  • Best actress: Renate Reinsve for "Worst Person in the World" (Norway)
  • Best actor: Caleb Landry Jones for "Nitram" (US)
  • Best screenplay: Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Takamasa Oe for "Drive My Car" (Japan)
  • Jury prize: Shared by Nadav Lapid for "Ahed's Knee" (Israel) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul for "Memoria" (Thailand)
  • Best first film: Antoneta Kusijanovic for "Murina" (Croatia)
  • Best short film: Hong Kong's "All The Crows In The World" Tang Yi
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FAQs on Cannes Film Festival Winners List

Q.1) How many years old is the Cannes festival?

The festival will host its 75th edition this year (2022) from May 17th to 28th.

Q.2) How many countries are represented at the festival?

The festival is represented by over 170 countries in various categories, which goes on for 12 days.

Q.3) What are the most important categories and their prizes called?

  • Palme d’Or: Julia Ducournau for Titane (France)
  • Grand Prix (TIE): Ashgar Farhadi for A Hero (Iran) and Juho Kuosmanen for Compartment No.6 (Finland)
  • Best Director: Leos Carax Annette (France)
  • Best Actress: Renate Reinsve for Worst Person in the World (Norway)
  • Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones for Nitram (US)
  • Best Screenplay: Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Takamasa Oe for Drive My Car (Japan)
  • Jury Prize (TIE): Shared by Nadav Lapid for Ahed’s Knee (Israel) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul for Memoria (Thailand)
  • Best First Film: Antoneta Kusijanovic for Murina (Croatia)
  • Best Short Film: Hong Kong’s All The Crows In The World Tang Yi
  • Short Film Palme d’Or: Tian Xia Wu Ya by Tang Yi
  • Special Jury Mention for Short Film: Ceu de Agosto by Jasmin Tinucci