Cannes 2017: Jeffrey Katzenberg wins honorary Palme d'Or, calls festival 'Olympics of film industry'


May 20, 2017 14:55:03 IST

Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg has been feted with an honorary Palme d'Or prize at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes 2017: Jeffrey Katzenberg wins honorary Palme dOr, calls festival Olympics of film industry

Jeffrey Katzenberg at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival. Getty Images

Actors Will Smith and Uma Thurman, who are members of the festival jury, attended Katzenberg's gala dinner where he received the honour on Friday night, reports

Katzenberg said he was "speaking from the heart" when accepting the award and said he grew up believing in the impossible back in New York, a town "roughly between Cannes and Hollywood."

"Every single spring for almost 40 years, I couldn't wait to come back here. I think for anyone in the film industry coming here its similar to what it feels like for an athlete to go to the Olympics."

"It is incredible, it is the best. Wining is actually secondary, simply being able to participate is the greatest of honours. Cannes is the most important and prestigious film festival. Cannes is exceptional because its leaders are exceptional," he added.

Updated Date: May 20, 2017 14:55:03 IST