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How To Get Tickets To The Cannes Film Festival

Where: Cannes, France
March 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM | by | ()

The Cannes Film Festival, which takes place this year on May 12- May 23, is known for welcoming the world's biggest stars, and keeping everyone else out. Cannes is open to film industry professionals and the press only, unlike most film festivals, there are no tickets available to the public for screenings and other events. Only those with accreditation (in other words industry types and journalists) are admitted to screenings and this rule is strictly enforced.

But, before you lose all hope of ever seeing a film in Cannes Film Festival, there are still a few options for us regular folks. First, Cannes does offer accreditation to film enthusiasts and educational groups through the "Cannes Cinéphiles" program. Film students and film club associations can apply for accreditation, but unfortunately the deadline has passed for this year. Registration for next year will open around February 1, 2011.

But wait, you get a third chance to see some films in Cannes, after the jump!

There are also two sidebars to the festival that are open to the public, the Director's Fortnight and International Critics Week. The Director's Fortnight features a non-competitive line-up of independent films open to the public. Tickets for the Director's Fortnight will go on sale at the Malmaison esplanade at 10 A.M.,Wednesday May 13 and will remain on sale from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M., May 14-23. There is no advance booking and tickets are only available at the ticket office.

International Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique), is dedicated to showcasing the first and second films from emerging directorial talents. A very limited number of tickets are available to the public during the festival in the Miramar area, located at 35 rue Pasteur, on the Croisette, between Carlton and the Martinez.

You can also catch one of the screenings at the Cinéma de la Plage (The Beach Cinema) which are free every night during the festival. Movies from the official selection, out of competition and Cannes classics' sections of the fest are played every night at 9.30 p.m. in this unique open air theater. You can get an invitation to any of these screenings at the Cannes tourist office.

Even though its nearly impossible to see a movie at the Cannes Film Festival, you will most certainly see a few celebrities, especially if you know where to look. Most stay at the Ritz Carlton and even though security is tight, you may be able to sneak into the hotel's lounge for an overpriced drink and some star gazing. You can also stand along the barricades surrounding the red carpet leading to The Palais des Festivals, this is where all of the biggest premieres and screening are held. But, get there early or you'll be fighting with the paparazzi for a glimpse of the red carpet arrivals.

Related Stories:
· Cannes Film Festival [Official Site]
· A Festival Virgin's Guide [Cannes Guide]
· How To Get Tickets To Coverage [Jaunted]



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