1954 Cannes Film Festival

The 7th Cannes Film Festival was held from 25 March to 9 April 1954. With Jean Cocteau as President of the Jury, the Grand Prix went to the Gate of Hell by Teinosuke Kinugasa.[4] The festival opened with Le Grand Jeu by Robert Siodmak.[5] This was the last festival with a predominantly French Jury.

1954 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 7th Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by Piva.[1]
Opening filmLe Grand Jeu
LocationCannes, France
AwardsGrand Prize of the Festival
(Gate of Hell)[2]
No. of films43 (In Competition)[3]
51 (Short Film)
Festival date25 March 1954 (1954-03-25) – 9 April 1954 (1954-04-09)

As the festival was becoming more and more a pole of showbiz attraction, scandals and romances of stars were appearing in the press. In 1954, the Simone Silva affair during the Cannes Festival ended up in the distuction of her career as an actor and her premature death, three years later.[6]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1954 competition:[7]

Feature films

Short films

Feature film competition

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

Short film competition

The following short films competed for the various short film awards:[3]

  • Apollon kai Dafni by Thanassis Meritzis
  • Aptenodytes forsteri (Les Pingouins) by Mario Marret
  • Aquarium by Ágoston Kollányi
  • The Blakes Slept Here by Jacques Bernard Brunius
  • Christophe Plantin, imprimeur des humanistes du XVIeme siècle by Gaston Vermaillen
  • Der dom zu Koeln by Ulrich Kayser
  • El Greco en su obra maestra : El entierro del Conde Orgaz by Juan Serra
  • Er is altijd een tockomst by Kees Stip
  • Exploratieboren by Bert Haanstra
  • Feminine Fashions by Moham Dayaram Bhavnani
  • Il fiume della vita by Enrico Castelli Gattinara
  • Folk Dances of India by Moham Dayaram Bhavnani
  • Det gjelder livet by Titus Vibe Müller
  • Una goccia d'acqua by Enzo Trovasilli
  • Highlands of Iceland by Magnus Johannsson
  • Hokusai by Hiroshi Teshigahara
  • Jaktflygare by Helge Sahlin
  • Jyske kyst by Søren Melson
  • Kék vércsék erdejében by István Homoki-Nagy
  • Kozioleczek by L. Marszalek
  • Kutna hora by Fr. Lukas
  • Land of Enlightment by Mohan Wadhwani
  • Den lille pige med svovlstikkerne by Johan Jacobsen
  • Lumière by P. Paviot
  • Miniatury kodesku behema by Stanislaw Lenartowicz
  • Le mystère de la Licorne by Arcady, Jean-Claude See
  • Nouveaux horizons by Marcel Ichac
  • Nytt land under svillene by Per Opsahl
  • O kohoutkovi a slepicce by Zdenec Miler
  • A Drop Too Much (O sklenicku víc) by Bretislav Pojar
  • L'Ombre de St Michel by Jean Pichonnier, Paul Pichonnier
  • De Opsporing van Aardolie by Bert Haanstra
  • The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Brian Borthwick, John Halas
  • Pik droujby by I. Goutman
  • Plastik im Freien by Adalbert Baltes
  • The Pleasure Garden by James Broughton
  • Polet na lounou by Vladimir Broumberg, Zinaiida Brumberg
  • Promenade au Luxembourg by Philippe Schneider
  • Rene Leriche chirurgien de la douleur by René Lucot
  • River of Hope by Moham Dayaram Bhavnani
  • Ruban noir by Henry Jacques
  • El solitario de Sayan by Enrico Gras
  • Stare miasto (The Old Town of Warzaw) by Jerzy Bossak
  • Stern von Bethlehem by Wilhelm Döderlein
  • Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom by Ward Kimball, Charles A. Nichols
  • Uspavana ljepotica by Rudolf Sremec
  • La vie des Chamois by André Bureau, Paul Claudon, P. Dalli, Pierre Levent, André Villard
  • Vieren maar by Herman Van Der Horst
  • Viragos kalocsa by Vince Lakatos
  • Vita della libellula by Alberto Ancillotto
  • Wild Life Sanctuary by D.D. Reucassel


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1954 awards:[2][8]

Short films

Independent awards


OCIC Award[10]

Other awards


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  2. "Awards 1954: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  3. "Official Selection 1954: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  4. "7ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  5. "1954 - Le Grand Jeu". "cannes-fest.com" (in French). Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  6. "1952-1959: Celebrities, politics and the film world". fresques.ina.fr. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  7. "Juries 1954 : All the Juries". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  8. "1954 - Le Jury, Les Prix". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  9. "FIPRESCI Awards 1954". fipresci.org. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  10. "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1954". imdb.com. Retrieved 4 July 2017.


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