Introduction To Cannes

Cannes Film Festival has taken place annually in Cannes since the 1930′s – and is now one of the most important showcases of European films. The setting is of course the beautiful French Riviera, blue waters hug tightly packed white sand beaches, whilst the shores are lined with luxury boutiques and hotels, delicious restaurants and an impressive list of attractions to explore.

This year, the 2014 Cannes Film Festival will begin on Wednesday 14 May. If you’re already planning a visit to the French Riviera this May, then you are probably interested in having a peek at Cannes yourself. You should know that Cannes is primarily a trade fair, something of a get-together for the movie industry –  films are shown – from typical Artistic European efforts to emerging american talents, but perhaps more importantly, deals are made.  If you’re there on the fly as part of a wider trip, or if you’re not part of the industry – you’ll find it almost impossible to get your hands on tickets for any film from the official selection of films as screenings are strictly by invitation only. But if you want to catch a flick whilst in Cannes, then head to the Cannes Cinephile booth next to the Palais which distributes tickets for fringe events such as Un Certain Regard. And there is the Cinema de la Plage with free open-air screenings of classic movies by the beach – there’s generally a great atmosphere.

If you’re a star spotter, your best chance is to join the crowds in front of the Palais des Festival, where the gala performances of the competition movies take place every evening. Get there early before six if you want to see anything. If you prefer to just get in the city and tour the sites then start at the magnificent La Croisette promenade and take a stroll around the beachfront – indulge in a a drink al fresco, do a little people watching and perhaps a little shopping, and afterwards hit the sites – one of the most prolific is Fort Royal – home to the cell that once was home to the Man in the Iron Mask - preserved for all to see. Then there’s the covered market, the impressive port – usually with a legion of Yachts bobbing on the water and on the hill there’s Le Suquet old town – the home to many of the fishermen that still work Cannes shores but also home to a few good old-fashioned restaurants and little souvenir shops.

Cannes Film Festival 2014 will be held from the 14th to the 25th of May. If you do want to visit Cannes during the festival, then take a look at the official website here.