The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most exclusive and artistically revered film events in the world and at its centre is the Palme d'Or, arguably one of the most prestigious film prizes in the world. While it may not ensure commercial success, it does propel a director into an elite club of auteurs, of which Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Jane Campion, Terrence Malick, Michael Moore, the Coen brothers, Francis Ford Coppola, Jacques Couteau, Orson Welles, Quentin Tarantino, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant and Bob Fosse are members.

In a somewhat ironic way, a news story broke this week claiming that Blue is the Warmest Color director Abdellatif Kechiche is auctioning off his 2013 Palme d'Or award in an attempt to fund  his next film, Mektoub, My Love. You see, the film's premise centres on a man who dives into a summer affair with the wife of the producer funding his first film... interesting, no?
Now you can buy your own Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or award

Also, good publicity (of which Kechiche is no stranger - some might remember his rows with Blue is the Warmest Colour stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux). Apparently, the money for his new film dried up in the final stages of production. "In order to raise the necessary funds for the completion of post-production without further delays, the French production and distribution company Quat'Sous is auctioning film memorabilia related to Kechiche's work," reads the statement published by Hollywood Reporter. "Items to be offered range from the Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival 2013) to the oil paintings that played a central role in Blue Is the Warmest Color". 

Now you can buy your own Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or award