1949 Cannes Film Festival

The 3rd Cannes Film Festival was held from 2 to 17 September 1949. The previous year, no festival had been held because of financial problems.[4][5]

3rd Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 3rd Cannes Film Festival illustrated by G.C. Chavane.[1]
Opening filmL'Arroseur Arrosé
LocationCannes, France
AwardsGrand Prix
(The Third Man)[2]
No. of films30 (In Competition)[3]
1 (Out of Competition)
32 (Short Film)
Festival date2 September 1949 (1949-09-02) – 17 December 1949 (1949-00-17)

Like in 1947, the entire jury for this festival was made up of French persons, with historian Georges Huisman as President of the Jury. The Grand Prix du Festival de Cannes went to The Third Man by Carol Reed.[6][2] The festival opened with L'Arroseur Arrosé by Louis Lumière, an 1895 French comedy short-film, paying tribute to cinema's first comedy film.[7]


The following persons were selected as the jury for the feature and short films:[8]

Substitute members

Feature film competition

The following feature films competed for the Grand Prix:[3]

Out of competition

The following film was selected to be screened out of competition:[3]

Short films

The following short films competed for the Grand Prix du court métrage:[3]


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1949 awards:[2]

Feature Films

Short Film awards

Independent awards



  1. "Posters 1949". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 18 December 2013.
  2. "Awards 1949: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  3. "Official Selection 1949". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  4. "First Cannes Film Festival". history.com. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013.
  5. "1949 - Le Troisième Festival (The Third Festival)". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  6. "3ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  7. "Opening of the 1949 Festival". Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. "Juries 1949: All the Juries". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015.
  9. "FIPRESCI Awards 1949". fipresci.org. Retrieved 27 June 2017.


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