Cannes Film Festival


Experience the Riviera at its most glamorous! Explore the world of film through screenings and presentations by film experts, and meet with up-and-coming directors and actors.

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 At the Grand Théâtre Lumière, Cannes Film Festival  The cameras flash in a frenzy when stars approach the Red Carpet  Only stars and top industry professionals have access to the Red Carpet  Each country pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival has a seaside terrace  The Cinema de la Plage has showings every night at 8pm, open to the public  Private parties take place along the Croisette during the Festival  The International Pavilions behind the Palais des Festivals, Cannes  Waterfront in the Old City of Cannes  View of Cannes from Le Suquet Historic District
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Preliminary reservations for our 2015 Film Festival can be made by calling 1-855-330-1542 during our normal business hours. You may also submit your interest via the Ask A Question link above. Final dates will be between May 13 - 24, 2015. 

Starlets posing for eager paparazzi, veteran directors enjoying an espresso at a seaside café, and elegant personalities file down the red carpet amid high pageantry—this is the Riviera at its most glamorous.

The Cannes Film Festival is an annual international event, reserved for professionals, celebrating the best names in film today. Through a special accreditation granted by the Festival,* the Smithsonian offers an in-depth program to go behind the scenes in this fascinating world of film. During this exclusive tour, join an audience with actors to watch Cannes Classics screenings, view films by young directors in the Un Certain Regard competition, watch directors introduce their Short Films, and attend your choice of myriad other films. Visit the Film Market where the business of film is conducted between buyers, distributors, and producers, and tour the International Village along the waterfront—all off-limits to the public. Smithsonian’s special access also features a panel discussion with a short film director and several actors, moderated by your Smithsonian Journeys expert. To cap it all off you’ll enjoy the excitement of a private reception at the American Pavilion!

Preliminary Itinerary
Day 1-2 — U.S., Cannes, France

Fly from the U.S. to Nice. Upon arrival, transfer to Cannes, your home for the next five nights. After a brief orientation walking tour and lunch in a local restaurant, check into your hotel, the Montaigne. Later gather for a welcome reception to meet fellow film lovers. Your accreditation badges, giving you access to the festival, will be distributed this evening. Those with plenty of energy may wish to attend a screening tonight. (L,R)

Day 3 — Introduction, Palais des Festivals, American Pavilion
This morning your Smithsonian Journeys expert will give you an introduction to the history and organization of the Cannes Film Festival at the hotel. Review the schedule and identify screening opportunities, before heading to the Palais des Festivals. Continue to the Film Market (le Marché), where the business of film is conducted between buyers, distributors, and producers and tour the International Village, along the waterfront—all off-limits to the public. The afternoon is unscheduled to allow you to choose the screenings of your choice. Early in the evening, gather at the American Pavilion in the International Village for a presentation by a film professional, followed by a private reception overlooking the Mediterranean.

Later you may choose to continue to attend screenings, including those from the Cannes Classics series, Un Certain Regard, or the short films. (B,R)

Day 4 — Short Film Panel Discussion, Screenings
Attend a specially arranged panel discussion with a short film director and several actors, moderated by your Smithsonian Journeys expert. This is a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from up-and-coming talent and learn about the road that led them to the Cannes Film Festival. This afternoon is set aside for screenings of your choice. (B)

Day 5 — Meeting with Film Students, Screenings
Meet with American film students working at the American Pavilion. Hear about their experiences and encounters in the past two weeks, and what ambitions they have for their future careers in film. The rest of the day is set aside for individual pursuits and additional screenings. (B)

Day 6 — Final Wrap-Up with Smithsonian Journeys Expert
Gather for a final session with the Smithsonian Journeys expert to share thoughts, experiences, film critiques, and more. Spend the rest of the day enjoying Cannes and watching the Festival come to a close. Celebrate your cinematic discoveries this evening at a farewell reception and dinner with fellow travelers. (B,R,D)

Day 7 — Return to the U.S.
Depart Cannes early this morning for Nice and individual return flights home.