Movie-goers, filmmakers, media's biggest personalities and even fans from all over the world gather annually for the prestigious Cannes Film Fest - and 2020 is no exception.
Held annually in the glitzy French Riviera city of Cannes in France, the Cannes Film Festival is considered as the crème de la crème of all film festivals in the world. Although the Cannes Film Festival is an invitation-only festival participated by filmmakers, actors and actresses, movie producers, journalists, film buyers and film exhibitioners—ordinary people can still attend the many side-events and film screenings—held all throughout the festival that last more than a week. To entice you into booking that trip to the French Riviera and mix a wonderful holiday with some A-list celebrity sightings, here are 7 reasons why you should attend the Cannes Film Festival.
Rub Elbows with an A-List Celebrity
Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino, Jeremy Irons, Rooney Mara, Anthony Hopkins and dozens high profiled actors, directors and up and coming movie talents can be seen lingering around the French Riviera during the Cannes Film Festival. If you get lucky, you might end up staying next door to them. Most of these stars prefer staying in private villas instead of 5-star hotels during the festivals. If you're planning to live next door to them, check out LVH's luxurious rental mansions in Cannes and who knows who you might end up living next door.
The Cannes Parties are the ultimate must-be-seen events
The parties held prior and after the Cannes Film Festivals are the ultimate “must be seen” events. Although there are parties open to the public, the ritzier parties are for the exclusive ones. There's a few ways to get invited in most Cannes parties if you don't have a ticket. First is through connections and the other is just by dressing up suave and fashionable. As they say, "dress to the nines and walk up inside the door". When in France, act like the French does—one swarming with class and sophistication. So, get out there and act and look like you belong to the party. Or tell the bouncer you’re in town and renting one of LVH Global’s rental mansions in the French Riviera.
Attend Film Screenings
Nobody heard about Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction until it started earning raves during its early screenings in the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. The same thing can be said to several highly-acclaimed movies that debuted during the previous Cannes Film Festivals. Imagine being one of the viewers of a soon-to-be acclaimed movie when most people still haven't heard about it. Festival-goers with a badge and proper accreditation can participate in the official screenings. To those who are not directly involved in the film industry, there are numerous movie screenings open to the public like the Director’s Fortnight Section.
Go star gazing at the Red Carpet
First, you must dress to impress—even if you're just going to stand beside the red carpet. The celebrities attending the main Cannes Film Festival starts arriving by 7pm. You can get a great view of them as they walk over the red carpet by positioning yourself early at the exit of the location where the main festival ceremony will be held.
Grow your Network in the Movie Industry
Many people involved in the film industry go to Cannes Film Festival to network with others. This can also work out for you especially if you are an artist doing filmmaking, screenwriting or film producing. Who knows it would be here where you will meet only the financial backer who will help make your dream project turn into a reality. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with the big people in the movie industry—even if you’re still outside of the circle.
The French Riviera Attractions
Cannes is nicely situated in the French Riviera sandwiched by other picturesque cities like Nice, Antibes, Monaco, Monte Carlos, St. Tropez, Marseilles and Eze—all of which you can explored for a day or two. The location of Nice is a big reason already to go for a visit and pairing it with the Cannes Film Festival vibe, and your holiday just got doubly-amazing.
Even if nobody knows you, you can still apply for an “Accreditation Cannes Cinephiles” Pass
Everybody knows the Cannes is an invite only festival that gives accreditation to producers, film buyers, film professionals and journalists to attend the official events. Fret not if you don't belong from these groups. Because the final accreditation caters to the viewing public who are part of film clubs, a film student or member of an educational group. This is called the Accreditation Cannes Cinephiles pass. Just check the official website of the Cannes Film Festival for the list of requirements. Getting this pass can also get you invited to the Cannes Red Carpet Tie Formal Gala.
Where to Stay during the Cannes Film Festival?
There are many rental homes in Cannes. To make your travel planning easier, check out our list of luxurious properties at the Cannes, France here.