All you need to know about the Cannes Film Festival (2021)
The Cannes International Film Festival is the glamorous meeting place of the French Riviera, where the most prominent international stars converge every year. The Cannes Film Festival brings together more than 350 sales companies and institutions on more than 200 stands. But above all, the Cannes Festival is the world's most high-profile film event. The emblematic ascent of the stairs, its parterre of stars on the red carpet contribute to prolonging the myth from year to year. This year, the Festival will exceptionally take place in the heart of the summer season, from July 6th to 17th.
How to get to the Cannes Film Festival 2021?
In order to obtain the entrance sesame to the heart of the Palais des Festivals, it is necessary to have an accreditation. Several options are available, including a Platinum badge, which offers exclusive access to attend popular screenings, producer presentations and workshops. This badge is also a pass for the lounge and the Palmes beach.
If you don’t have accreditation, you can still stroll among the onlookers and hundreds of paparazzi searching for the most beautiful image. You can also attend private parties, the most popular of which are by invitation only.
What to see or do during the Cannes Film Festival?
While waiting for the jury’s long-awaited award of the Palme d’Or, Cannes and its surroundings deserve your full attention.
If the Croisette and its luxury brands offer hours of shopping just a few steps away from the Palais des Festivals, you will also appreciate the immediate proximity of Cannes’ beaches, especially the ephemeral beaches that take place during the festival. L’Oréal Beach and its beauty bar, Nikki Beach *3.14, Magnum Beach or Nespresso are all meeting points to go from a festive to a gourmet experience.
To get away from the frenzy and escape, the ideal thing to do is to enjoy the pleasure of chartering a yacht from Cannes for a day or more, which will allow you to discover the Lérins Islands, stroll through the narrow streets of the authentic fishing village of Saint-Tropez or spend an evening in the Bay of Cannes with a view of the facades of the Palais des Festival and Croisette’s palaces. You can also rent a sports car or a luxury sedan to discover the roads of Monaco’s Principality and spend an evening at the casino before returning to your Cannes palace.
Back in Cannes, you will not be able to miss the official parties and private parties organised by the biggest production companies or by the big luxury brands… This is the place to be… and to be seen. The biggest parties are held in the heart of Cannes’ palaces, in luxury villas or on the Croisette beaches. On exclusive evenings such as those of the Club by Albane (Albane Cleret), only members can slum with the biggest stars. For more exoticism, try the disco evenings’ adventure of the Club “Chez Corine” at the Silencio Cannes.
All these evenings are the nerve centre of Cannes from morning until late at night. Magnum Beach, Nespresso Beach, L’Oréal Beach, Nikki Beach wake up only during the Festival period. Martinez Beach is another must-see spot during the festival evenings. Here you dine while tasting the orgasmic pleasure of the cuisine of the virtuoso chef Christian Sinicropi before savouring a signature cocktail while dancing to the sound of DJ sets and the biggest stars of the world cinema.
How to travel to the Cannes International Film Festival?
The Cannes Film Festival is in the heart of the French Riviera, between Nice and Saint-Tropez. To reach the Croisette, several options are possible. If you arrive on an international flight at Nice Côte d’Azur airport, you can come to Cannes by renting a luxury car or opting for a chauffeur-driven car. It will take between 40 minutes and over an hour to drive, depending on the traffic flow. Ideally, you should take a helicopter connection, which puts Cannes only 10 minutes’ flight from the international airport.
The most comfortable way to become a real festival-goer is to rent a private jet. The Cannes-Mandelieu business aviation airport is particularly popular at this time of year, so it is best to book early if you choose this option. A driver can then drive you to Cannes Centre.
Finally, the most exclusive mode of transport and stay during the festival period is the yacht charter. Onboard, you can both enjoy the magic of the Festival and discover the treasures of the French Riviera. Moreover, the yacht rental will offer you the possibility to organise your evening’s rest.
Where to stay during the Cannes Film Festival?
Palaces and luxury hotels are numerous in the area around the Palais des Festivals. If the Carlton is closed for a significant renovation, the mythical addresses of the Croisette will be there. The Hotel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes, the closest hotel to the Palais, welcomes you in a sumptuous decor. You will benefit from this proximity, the sublime view of the Mediterranean, the well-being provided by the professionals of the Spa Diane Barrière and the gustatory pleasures of the Fouquet’s table.
Further along the Croisette is the iconic art-deco façade of the Hotel Martinez Cannes. It is in this historic hotel that the selection jury meets before awarding the Festival’s Palme d’Or. In the 2-star La Palme d’Or restaurant, masterfully run by the creative Christian Sinicropi, the jury takes part in a tailor-made dinner, from the plate to the dishes tasted. If you stay at the Martinez hotel, you will undoubtedly appreciate the quietness and the bucolic setting of the Jardin du Martinez for the breakfast that will follow your crazy Cannes nights. Simply cross the Croisette and then relax on Martinez Beach or take part in one of the most popular evenings of the Festival.
Another place, another atmosphere, the Five Seas Hotel Cannes is more trendy, located between the Croisette and Rue d’Antibes. The spot is ideal to stay in a contemporary setting and enjoy the rooftop overlooking the Suquet.
Return to the Croisette, where the JW Marriott Cannes hotel cultivates the glamorous atmosphere of the festival. It is here that the prestigious Club by Albane puts down its suitcases every year. If you wish to experience the Festival’s atmosphere during the day but find the luxury and discretion of an exceptional palace, the Cap Eden Roc hotel in Cap d’Antibes remains a legendary address.
The magic and glamour of the Cannes festival create an extraordinary atmosphere on the French Riviera. Hoteliers, party organisers and restaurants roll out the red carpet to turn simple participation into a unique experience.