The Cannes Film Festival: the Riviera at its most glamorous! Here starlets pose for eager paparazzi, veteran directors enjoy an espresso at a seaside café, and elegant personalities file down the red carpet amid high pageantry.
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 program, 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 study leader. To cap it all off you’ll enjoy the excitement of a private reception at the American Pavilion!
Following the day’s excitement, relax at your hotel situated in the center of Cannes and within easy walking distance to the Palais des Festivals, La Croisette, and the old port. Join us when Cannes is at its most glamorous—and experience a world usually off-limits even to most film lovers! Limited to 28 participants.Itinerary
May 21-22 — 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)May 23 — Introduction, Palais des Festivals, American Pavilion
This morning your study leader 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)May 24 — Short Film Panel Discussion, Screenings
Attend a specially arranged panel discussion with a short film director and several actors, moderated by your study leader. 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)May 25 — 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)May 26 — Final Wrap-Up with Study Leader
Gather for a final session with the study leader 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)May 27 — Return to the U.S.
Depart Cannes early this morning for Nice and individual return flights home.