Since the creation of the Cannes Film Festival in 1939, cinema has been deeply rooted in the history of the city. A pioneering city in Artistic and Cultural Education (EAC), in 2017 Cannes became a pilot city paving the way throughout the country for the generalization of EAC from primary education to vocational training. Cannes is also known for welcoming artists in residence, and every year invites artists of all disciplines to the city, providing them with support and workspaces to nurture artistic creation. The city boasts 6 theatres, 2 museums, a contemporary art centre, a music and theatre conservatory, 5 media libraries, 2 national art schools for dance and theatre, a university campus dedicated to creative writing, a permanent symphony orchestra, creative spaces, cinemas, 2 sites devoted to historical and contemporary archives, private broadcasting venues, and 3 youth and culture centres. Cannes is also a business incubator, targeting notably the audiovisual sector. The city has also recently undertaken important restoration work on 'La Malmaison'. This contemporary art centre of 10,226 square foot, houses the International Museum of Cinema and hosts the Cannes Film Festival, as well as provides 'edutainment' experiences, offering visitors an immersive and original approach to film by placing them at the heart of the creation, production, and distribution processes around the realization of a cinematographic work.
As a Creative City of Film, the following steps will be important:
- Offering wider access to image-based education and creative and critical thinking;
- Sharing experiences, knowledge, and good practices by pooling tools for generalizing artistic and cultural education to the whole UCCN;
- Strengthening social links with young people through cinema;
- Multiplying innovative projects with the member cities of the Network in order to share skills, know-how, and cultural wealth;
- Sharing techniques and promoting African film creation; and
- Promoting artistic creation on an international scale and exchanges between international festivals.