From meeting heroes to fighting on beaches a selection of Palme D'Or winning directors recall their night of glory and how it affected their career. Nanni Moretti won the Palme d'Or in 2001 for his ninth feature, The Son's Room (pictured), an intimate look at a family grappling with their son's death.

What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'
I felt happiness because it had been a long job that wasn't at all easy. I was surprised because I knew I won an award, but not which one.

How did you celebrate'
Dancing with my collaborators and friends.

How did it affect your career'
It doesn't seem to me that it has changed my career.

Did it make it easier to attract funding for subsequent projects'
Yes, for the next film it was easier.

Where do you keep your Palme d'Or'
At my production offices.

Which director would you give an all-time Palme d'Or to'
Krzysztof Kieslowski.

What have been the most important shifts in the industry during your career'
The cinema-going public has diminished. In some cinemas, the projections are better than before. Digital editing has replaced film editing. With digital it is easier to make films, so it is even easier to make bad films.

What are your hopes and fears for the future'
The hopes shared by everyone, the fears shared by everyone.