The Caméra d'Or ("Golden Camera") is an award of the Cannes Film Festival for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes' selections (Official Selection, Directors' Fortnight or International Critics' Week). The prize, created in 1978 by Gilles Jacob, is awarded during the Festival's Closing Ceremony by an independent jury.
|Awarded for||Best first feature film|
|Presented by||Festival de Cannes|
The rules define first film as "the first feature film for theatrical screening (whatever the format; fiction, documentary or animation) of 60 minutes or more in length, by a director who has not made another film of 60 minutes or more in length and released theatrically." Directors who have previously made only student thesis films or TV films can still compete in this category. The stated aim is to reveal a film "whose qualities emphasize the need to encourage the director to undertake a second film".
Caméra d'Or Winners
Caméra d'Or — Mention Spéciale
Some years, some films that didn't win the award have received a special mention for their outstanding quality as first features in Cannes. Also called Caméra d'Or — Mention or Caméra d'Or — Mention d'honneur.
|Year||English / International title||Original title||Director|
|1989||Waller's Last Trip||Wallers letzter Gang||Christian Wagner (Germany)|
|The Birth||പിറവി (Piravi)||Shaji N. Karun (India)|
|1990||Time of the Servants||Čas sluhů||Irena Pavlásková (Czechoslovakia)|
|Farendj||Sabine Prenczina (France)|
|1991||Proof||Jocelyn Moorhouse (Australia)|
|Sam & Me||Deepa Mehta (India)|
|1993||Friends||Elaine Proctor (South Africa)|
|1994||The Silences of the Palace||Samt el qusur||Moufida Tlatli (Tunisia)|
|1995||Denise Calls Up||Hal Salwen (USA)|
|1997||The Life of Jesus||La Vie de Jésus||Bruno Dumont (France)|
|2002||Japón||Carlos Reygadas (Mexico)|
|2003||Osama (أسامة)||Siddiq Barmak (Afghanistan)|
|2004||Passages||Lu Cheng||Yang Chao (China)|
|Bitter Dream||Khab-e talkh||Mohsen Amiryoussefi (Iran)|
|2007||Control||Anton Corbijn (Netherlands)|
|2008||Everybody Dies but Me||Vse umrut, a ya ostanus||Valeriya Gai Germanika (Russia)|
|2009||Ajami||Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani (Israel)|
- Caméra d'Or page in English Cannes's official website
- Spanish interview with Gilles Jacob before the 60th festival Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine El Cultural.es
- Caméra d'Or Jury Cannes Festival Official Site
- Caméra d'Or Rules & Regulations 2011 Archived 2012-08-11 at the Wayback Machine.