1961 Cannes Film Festival

The 14th Cannes Film Festival was held from 3 to 18 May 1961.[4] The Palme d'Or went to the Une aussi longue absence, directed by Henri Colpi and Viridiana, directed by Luis Buñuel.[5] The festival opened with Che gioia vivere, directed by René Clément.

1961 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 14th Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by A.M. Rodicq.[1]
Opening filmChe gioia vivere
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Une aussi longue
and Viridiana)[2]
No. of films31 (In Competition)[3]
2 (Out of Competition)
27 (Short Film)
Festival date3 May 1961 (1961-05-03) – 18 May 1961 (1961-05-18)

The festival also screened Shirley Clarke's debut film The Connection due to the efforts of the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. The success of the film caused the festival to create International Critics' Week the following year.[6]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1961 competition:[7]

Feature films

Short films

  • Ion Popescu-Gopo (Romania)
  • Pierre Prévert (France)
  • Jurgen Schildt (Sweden) (journalist)
  • Jean Vidal (France)
  • Jean Vivie (France) (CST official)

Feature film competition

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[3]

Out of competition

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

Short film competition

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[3]

  • Aicha by Noureddine Mechri and Francis Warin
  • Argentina paraiso de la pesca by Antonio Ber Ciani
  • The Art of Lee Hsiang-Fen by Henry T.C. Wang
  • Balgarski ansambal za narodni pesni i tanzi by Lada Boyadjieva
  • The Black Cat by Robert Braverman
  • Cattle Ranch by Guy L. Coté
  • Children of the Sun by John Hubley and Faith Hubley
  • The Creation of Woman by Charles F. Schwep
  • Cyrus le grand by Feri Farzaneh
  • The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit
  • Dog Barbos and Unusual Cross by Leonid Gaidai
  • Fantazie pro levou ruku a lidske svedomi by Pavel Hobl
  • Le Festival de Baalbeck 1960 by David McDonald
  • Folkwangschulen by Herbert Vesely
  • Foroyar by Jørgen Roos
  • Fuego en Castilla (Tactilvisión del páramo del espanto) by José Val del Omar
  • Giovedi: passeggiata by Vincenzo Gamna
  • Gorod bolshoy sudby by Ilya Kopalin
  • House of Hashimoto by Connie Rasinski
  • Hudozhnikat Zlatyu Boyadzhiev by Ivan Popov
  • Kangra et kulu by N.S. Thapa
  • Na vez by Branko Kalacic
  • Nebbia by Raffaele Andreassi
  • Paul Valéry by Roger Leenhardt
  • Párbaj by Gyula Macskássy
  • La Petite Cuillère by Carlos Vilardebó
  • Robert Frost by Sidney J. Stiber
  • Souvenirs from Sweden by Henning Carlsen
  • Taketori Monogatari by Kazuhiko Watanabe
  • W kregu ciszy by Jerzy Ziarnik


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1961 awards:[2]

Short films

  • Short Film Palme d'Or: La Petite Cuillère by Carlos Vilardebó
  • Jury Prize - Best Short Film: Párbaj by Gyula Macskássy
  • Short film Technical Prize - Special mention: Folkwangschulen by Herbert Vesely & Fuego en Castilla (Tactilvisión del páramo del espanto) by José Val del Omar

Independent awards


Commission Supérieure Technique[5]

OCIC Award[9]

Other awards


  1. "Posters 1961". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013.
  2. "Awards 1961: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013.
  3. "Official Selection 1961: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  4. "1961 - Deux palmes au soleil (Two palms in the sun)". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  5. "14ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  6. "History". semainedelacritique.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  7. "Juries 1961". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  8. "FIPRESCI Awards 1961". fipresci.org. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  9. "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1961". imdb.com. Retrieved 4 July 2017.


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