Festival de Cannes 2015: Lights, camera, action!

Festival de Cannes 2015: Lights, camera, action!

The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival is taking place from 13 to 24 May is set to star the most glamorous French actress, Catherine Deneuve in Emmanuelle Bercot new movie, the first woman to open Cannes since Diane Kurys in 1987!

It is an iconic event in the film calendar, promoting and rewarding the most cutting-edge art, causing controversy and debate among film enthusiasts throughout its sixty years and invariably attracting the most distinguished glitterati of the film world. It is an opportunity for film artists to showcase their films in front of the world’s producers and directors. However, thousands more attend just for the fun of it.

Here are our top 5 tips for the traveller who plans on attending this year to help you enjoy the sights and sounds and to rub elbows with the elite in the film industry.

  • Tip 1: Understand the types of screenings available

The Cannes Film Festival has three basic categories of films, and each one has different requirements for entrance. This is decidedly not like seeing a show at the movie theatre in your hometown. The first type is public screenings that are usually free and no credentials are needed for entrance. The second screening type is the official screenings held by the festival, and credentials are required for entrance. The third type of screening is films offered by private movie companies who hope to sell the rights to their films. These screenings are mostly open to people who are most likely to be true film buyers.

  • Tip 2: Plan on doing a lot of walking

The film festival is crowded, but mingling is the whole point of attending this event. Do not plan on hanging out in the Pavilions all day because that is not the way to get the full effect of this glorious venue. Even if there are no credentials in hand, there are streets to roam, restaurants and bars to discover, people to meet and so much more. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes if the intent is to experience the full effect of the festival. Taxis are hard to come by and the streets are packed with traffic.

  • Tip 3: Venture to the outer limits

Sometimes people need a break from the intense crowds and non-stop activity. It is possible to watch films up to 18 hours a day at the Cannes Film Festival. There are numerous options for taking a breather. For example, go to a Croisette beach restaurant and spend a little time floating on the water and pondering the mysteries of filmmaking. A stroll through Old Town in the Antibes is relaxing, and it is only a 20 minute drive away. These are just two suggestions, but there are many other ways to unwind. Take a deep breath and enjoy!

  • Tip 4: Free movies on the beac

Every night Cinema de la Plage screens an ‘Out of Competition’ or ‘Cannes Classic’ film on the beach across from the Majestic, and they even provide comfy beach chairs and blankets. No tickets required, just line up early, and if you’re too late for a chair, you can always throw down a towel or perch on the beach wall. Bring a picnic and wine and it’s a lovely way to experience the Festival, but be forewarned, not all beach films are subtitled, so pick your night carefully.

  • Tip 5: Star gazing without a badge

Anyone can hang out by the tapis rouge and watch the stars arrive for their competition screening. Get there a little early and walk the Croisette and soak in the crazed ambiance. The red carpet roll call of Hollywood royalty starts around 7pm and again at 10pm. If you can’t get up close and personal, no worries, it’s all conveniently simulcast on several nearby jumbo-trons.

Outside the festival season, Cannes retains an idyllic, genuine small town feel, with pleasant local shops, sparkling beaches, and vibrant markets.

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