Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob and director Thierry Fremaux will stay on at the festival for another three years after it was announced in December that they would remain in their posts through 2014.
Jacob, who is 81, has been working with the festival for the past 30 years, first as the event’s director and then from 2001 in his current role as president. His term was due to expire in May 2012, but the Cannes board of administrators voted to extend it until 2014. This was despite rumours abounding that industry heavyweights such as French Culture Minister Frederick Mitterrand had shown interest in the position.
Director Fremaux who has been a working partner with Jacob for over a decade has also been given greater powers over the festival’s budget, its staffing and its development, creating what Fremaux described as “a new governance at the head of Cannes.” Jacobs explained the duos relationship saying: “We’re going to continue to mix my experience with his youth and dynamism. People know us as silhouettes in tuxedos at the top of the Palais steps every night to welcome the stars, but in reality we’re the workers shoveling coal below deck while everyone else is dancing and singing on the bridge.”
Work for Fremaux will begin again in earnest in January when he has to pick the official selection for 2012’s festival – a process which involves viewing around seven films a day. To see which he picks make your way to the Cannes Film Festival 16-27 May. For the very best in rented apartments, 5-star hotels, and even luxury yachts contact EAS, the local travel agent you can trust. We’ll make your stay as relaxing as possible, organising not only your accommodation needs, but transport and nightly entertainment as well. Click on this link for more information.