Unlike other award festivals, the Best Actress Award is not presented to a group of actresses that are part of the top movies of the year. The Best Actress Award is a prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival that is given to an actress in a film under the Official Section of the film festival. You can expect to have the award given to actresses that are not widely known to all. Since the Cannes Film Festival focuses more on the quality, storyline, production and the technical side of a film, you can find small film companies from different parts of the world invited. The award was first presented in 1946.