Each year in the month of June, the Principality stages its Monte-Carlo Television Festival. This international festival and competition were founded in 1961 by Prince Rainier III. The prince wanted to “encourage a new form of artistic expression in the service of peace and understanding between men.” In this vision, it corresponds to Monaco’s international vocation. It features two major categories: fiction and news. In 2018, 50 countries were represented in the seven prizes that constitute the two categories.
Studios, television channels, and stars of the small screen get together for a few days in the idyllic setting of the Grimaldi Forum to promote their newest programming and to hope to win the prized Nymphes d’Or. In the 2018 edition, Darren Criss, Pedro Alonso from La Casa de Papel, and Mariska Hargitay from New York Special Unit made the trip to meet their French and Monegasque fans. Who knows which television stars will be present at the 59th edition of the Monte-Carlo Festival.
The Monte-Carlo Film Festival is known for breeding connections between stars and journalists, celebrities and the public and between the stars themselves. As it is open to the public, there are also “Behind the Scenes” conferences that reveal filming secrets and other organized autograph sessions. Over the course of the festival’s evenings, the stars make themselves very available to selfies and sharing special moments with their dedicated fans. Giving this sort of exceptional access to the captive public makes the event an original, memorable experience for both TV professional and their admirers.
Alongside the announcement of the new festival’s dates, the festival organizer’s released the 59th edition’s new poster. It features a Nymph turning toward the future. A wonderful message about the Principality’s vision for this burgeoning industry. The vibrant, colorful streaks across the Nymph’s face echo the festival’s ability to reinvent itself through the years.