The Cannes International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. The inaugural festival was originally planned for 1939, but the outbreak of World War II delayed the festival until 1946. In the 1950s, the Festival quickly earned its legendary international reputation thanks to the attendance of celebrities such as Kirk Douglas, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Cary Grant, Simone Signoret and Gina Lollobrigida.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival was held May 16 – 27 and included the first two high school students ever invited to work in a new internship program at the festival. Nicolas Weinfeld, a 2012 Academy graduate in Motion Picture Arts, earned the festival internship through essays, an interview and a screening of his work. He spent two weeks at the Festival viewing many films including a rough cut of a new movie that he is not at liberty to disclose. But Nicolas notes, “Harvey Weinstein watched it with me and it stars some pretty big actors.” When asked how the Academy prepared him for this experience, Nicolas said, “Without the Academy, this would have never happened. They supported me through the application process and made it possible to finish school prior to my early departure.”
Nicolas is from Silver Spring, Maryland, and will attend the University of Southern California to study film production in the fall.