Through a special accreditation granted by the Festival, explore the world of film as you attend screenings and visit restricted access areas, plus experience the festivity of Cannes at a private reception at the American Pavilion!

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 Evening scene, Cannes harbor. Credit: Atout France/Robert Palomba  The Cinema de la Plage  The port area of Cannes   The Cinema de la Plage has screenings every evening  Each country pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival has a seaside terrace  The cameras flash in a frenzy when stars approach the Red Carpet  Private parties take place along the Croisette during the Festival

Smithsonian at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival

9 days from $6,195

Through a special accreditation granted by the Festival, explore the world of film as you attend screenings and visit restricted access areas, plus experience the festivity of Cannes at a private reception at the American Pavilion!

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was a "once in a lifetime" experience. I could not have participated in the festival without the Smithsonian's program and I am very grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity.

- Lorraine M.

The Cannes International Film Festival would be a disaster to try to do on your own! Smithsonian made it most enjoyable.

- Stanley and Sandra B.

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Overview

The Cannes Film Festival is an exclusive annual international event–one of the most prestigious in the world–that celebrate the best in film. Through a special accreditation granted by the Festival, Smithsonian Journeys takes you into a world reserved only for film professionals. Plus, you'll stay at the centrally-located Montaigne Hotel.

Highlights Include

  • Special Festival Pass: With your Festival pass, join industry professionals to watch films from the “Official Competition.” You’ll also view films by young directors in the Un Certain Regard competition, watch directors introduce their “Short Films,” and enjoy hearing from an actor, director, or producer about a newly restored Cannes Classic.
  • Restricted Access Areas: Visit the Film Market where the business of film is conducted and tour the International Village along the waterfront, possible only through your special pass.
  • Private Reception: Experience the festivity of a private reception exclusively for Smithsonian Journeys travelers at the waterfront American Pavilion.
  • Morning Briefings: Attend briefings with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert to discuss the previous day’s films and hear suggestions for other screenings.

This was a "once in a lifetime" experience. I could not have participated in the festival without the Smithsonian's program and I am very grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity.

- Lorraine M.

The Cannes International Film Festival would be a disaster to try to do on your own! Smithsonian made it most enjoyable.

- Stanley and Sandra B.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 – Depart U.S. for Cannes, France

Fly from the U.S. to NiceUpon arrival at Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport, transfer to Cannes, your home for the next seven nights. Check into your hotel, the Montaigne. 

Later gather for a welcome reception and dinner to meet fellow film lovers this evening. 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. (R,D)

Day 3 – Introduction / Palais des Festivals

This morning over breakfast, your Smithsonian Journeys Expert will give you an introduction to the history and organization of the Cannes Film Festival. Review the schedule and identify screening opportunities before heading to the Palais des Festivals.

After a walking orientation to the various Festival venues with your expert, you are free to pursue films of your choice for the rest of the day. (B)

Day 4 – Film Screenings / America Pavilion Reception

Over breakfast, review the screenings with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert, and then enjoy film screenings throughout the day. 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 either to continue to attend screenings, including those from the Cannes Classics series, Un Certain Regard, or opt to view the short films. (B,R)

Days 5-7 – Film Screenings

After a review of the screenings with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert over breakfast each day, you are free to select and attend screenings of your choice, attend information sessions at the American Pavilion or stroll the Croisette. (B)

Day 8 – Final Wrap-Up / Farewell Dinner

Gather for a final session with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert to share thoughts, experiences, film critiques, and more. Spend the rest of the day enjoying Cannes as the city returns to its post-Festival life.

For those interested, join a ferry ride to explore the beautiful island of Sainte-Marguerite, the largest of the Îles de Lérins.

Celebrate your cinematic discoveries this evening at a farewell reception and dinner with fellow travelers. (B,R,D)

Day 9 – Depart Cannes for U.S.

Depart Cannes early this morning for Nice and individual return flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)