Many consider Cannes International Film Festival the world’s most prestigious and publicized film festival. Although Cannes is by invitation-only, people go to France to take part in the celebrations surrounding the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.
Top celebrities, directors, and other movie bigwigs attend every year. Their presence attracts tourists to the festivities. The main screenings welcome only accredited members but anyone can participate in the celebrations with or without tickets.
Twenty-two films compete for the Palme d’Or this year. You can still catch “Out of Competition” movies and Cannes Classics on the beach at Plage Mace. The Cannes Tourism Office provides tickets for the outdoor screenings.
After screenings, the Nikki Beach nightclub holds parties at Le Grand Hotel’s beach and at the JW Marriott Cannes rooftop every night. The plush Hotel Martinez on La Croisette boulevard hosts movie personalities. On the same street, Le Grand can welcome you to its guest rooms. A modern bed, private terrace, lush waterfront gardens, and a private beach with cabanas will make your stay unforgettable. InterContinental Carlton Cannes boasts rooms named after actors like Sharon Stone and Sean Connery. A long movie industry history and love affair with the film fest add to its appeal. People can sample Mediterranean dishes at Hotel Martinez’s acclaimed La Palme d’Or restaurant. There is Provencal style cuisine at La Mere Besson and seafood at Restaurant de Bacon in Antibes.