Every year in mid-June, the charming seaside resort of Cabourg spends five days shining the spotlight on its Film Festival. Dedicated to the romantic film in France and Europe, this major event features premières, tributes and retrospectives, as well as lectures, debates and meetings, all open to the public.
The selection of short and feature-length films in the competition gives the public an opportunity to attend screenings of romantic movies indoors or outdoors. A cinema with 400 seats is set up on the beach for the occasion, to see or revisit the most beautiful romantic movies and dream under the stars.
Since it began in 1983, the festival has welcomed the biggest names in French and European cinema, who have come to present their films to the public or receive an award: Isabelle Adjani, Jacques Audiard, Charles Berling, Marion Cotillard, Catherine Deneuve, Émilie Dequenne, Amira Casar, Sophie Marceau and many more. At the end of the competition, the Swann d'Or awards are given to the best feature-length films, best short film, best actress and best actor. In 2015, Duccio Chiarini's film Short Skin won both the Festival's Grand Prix and the Youth Jury Prize.