Photo: Cannes Film Festival
PLAN A TRIP TO CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Have you visited Cannes Film Festival? No, well, it is great fun and well worth a visit. I find it is like entering a parallel universe for a few days! It is super busy, the town packed with film crews, movie executives, directors, actors and everyone you can possibly think working in the film industry. Throw hundreds of film enthusiasts into the mix and it is jam packed and buzzing with excitement!
PHOTO: The streets of Cannes during The Film Festival
If you don’t work in the film industry, you will feel a little bit like Alice in Wonderland when she falls down the rabbit hole! The film industry is all consuming for those connected with the industry and the whole point of a film festival is to sell your film! Everywhere you go people are doing deals, discussing movies and it is all quite extraordinary.
Photo: Me attending an event and crowds waiting outside Martinez Hotel Cannes
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at celebrity filled events ranging to watching movies, parties and even a private viewing in a gorgeous villa.
How to get Film Tickets:
Well, if money is no object then I suggest you buy one of the many V.I.P packages which give hotel accommodation, VIP access to films and celebrity events. There are too many of these to mention, just do a google search for VIP Cannes Film Festival tickets and they will pop up.
However, if you are on budget, there are many free screenings and very cheap tickets. For example tickets to The Director’s Fortnight screenings cost only 8 euros and can be bought from a ticket booth next to The Marriott Hotel.
There are also free movie screenings on the beach every night, so check so those out too!
Free screenings at four cinemas Cannes Cinephiles, go to the Cinephiles tent on the Pantiero for tickets.
Directors Fortnight screening tickets are 6 euros and get them at the HQ outside Malmaison or Cannes Cinephiles.
Also FREE! Giant screens in town showing highlights of the festival, fireworks display Tuesday May 15 2019.
Film buffs might also enjoy Critics Week from May 9 to 17, open to the public and formed to encourage newcomers to the movie industry.
PHOTO: Zarya and me outside The Carlton Hotel on a busy Croisette
I usually have a VIP pass when I am invited to events. This is essential if you want to enter the top hotels during the Festival as security is high. However, the best time to go to sip cocktails and people watch is in the first few days of the Festival. Security is not as high and you will be able to mingle with the film world.
Do you want to attend celebrity parties? I am invited to a few glamorous events but also find that I have been stopped on The Croisette and asked if I want invites too! Also, event organisers have found me on my social media. So make sure you tell the world you will be at Cannes and you might score some invites!
PHOTO: Traffic free Croisette for Cannes last year
Tips for Cannes Film Festival 2019:
A few tips for you, if you plan to attend this year.
- The big stars do not stay in Cannes. The ones who don’t want or need the publicity stay in Monaco. There are always movie fans waiting at the helicopter port in Fontvieille to watch them coming and going. See them around town too sometimes.
- Go early in the Festival, security really hots up going into hotels etc after Saturday so go for the first few days.
- Make sure people know you plan to attend and you will receive invitations to screenings, use the cannes hashtags on social media.
Where to stay in Cannes:
My favourites are:
- Intercontinental Carlton Hotel Cannes – always my number 1
- Martinez Hotel
- Hotel Barriere Majestic
All three located on the Croisette, right in the middle of the Film Festival action.
Photo: Zarya and Freddie enjoying drinks at The Carlton Hotel Cannes during the Festival
Yes, my jetset pooches enjoy Cannes during the Film Festival too, they are welcome at all the best places! They must get photographed a hundred times a day!
Hope my tips and hacks will help and enjoy Cannes Film Festival 2019.
How about a trip to Monaco while you are on the Cote d’Azur? Only 40 minutes from Cannes!
And a favourite of mine, go to Cannes Port and take a ferry for 10 minutes to Iles de Lerins: