The Cannes Film Festival is the world’s most renowned film festival. It is an indulging event which celebrates the art of acting and films both new and old. It takes place annually in May in Cannes, once a small fishing village, Cannes is now a glamorous and expensive seaside town.
Celebrities attending the festival travel from all over the world, each bringing their own headlines for the celebrity thirsty press. In the last couple of years, top actors such as Eva Longoria, Ryan Phillippe and Hayden Panettiere have been seen there. The most notable celebrity event in 2008 was Angelina Jolie confirming she was carrying twins.
Although regular tourists aren’t permitted to attend the official film screening, which is reserved for filmmakers, actors and the media, it is still possible to get a taste and even watch some of the films in the selection. Following this, tourists can buy souvenir such as posters, t-shirts and other memorable goods in tents which are set up on the outskirts of the festival.
For celebrity-spotting, you can crowd the barricades near the red carpet in the evenings, however schedule watching is a must as only barely-known celebrities graze the red carpet on some nights. Come equipped with a camera and get there early for the best spot.
There are hotel suites named after movie stars, movie star cocktails, wall-filling movie-star murals and, recently placed all over town, life-sized hardboard cut-outs of movie stars with their faces missing. Don’t let this put you off. Alongside the extravagant hotels that accommodate the rich and famous, Cannes offers reasonably priced hotels and apartments. For example, the Appia Hotel is a basic two-star but relatively comfortable hotel that provides a base 200m from the beach and the grounding for Cannes Film Festival. To find out more about hotels in Cannes and to make sure you are in the right area for celeb-spotting, make sure you have a look at a travel guide of Cannes so you can plan ahead.