Cannes has just launched the bidding process for the construction and operation of a Cinema City.
"We want something unique in the world, a sort of cinema district that can extend the life of the Festival", specified Bernard Brochand. This is far-reaching ambition, but compliments the worldwide fame of the Cannes Festival, the mecca of international cinema for 65 years.
The city wants a "place full of memories that will be hub for the public who visit Cannes and a place full of life in the field of cinema." The Cinema City vision will be a real international cultural centre, a living memorial to world cinema and a cinematic teaching academy unique in the world.
Cinema City will be located overlooking the sea, some distance from the centre of Cannes, separated from the Palais des Festivals et des Congres by the marina Suquet Hill. It will consist of a range of cinema-themed facilities that the city wants to be architecturally valuable. For the Cannes Town Hall, the "original and creative" architectural objective alone should contribute to the international reputation of the project. The municipality expects over 400,000 people in the gardens overlooking the sea, a stone's throw from the Palais des Festivals and the Croisette, and close to the future image technology park, planned in the west at Cannes-La Bocca.
Bernard Brochand hopes to present the project during the festival in May this year.