Cannes is synonymous with its famed film festival hosted each year in May, where actors, directors and film lovers gather in the charming city to celebrate cinema at the Palais des Festivals.
Discover the glitz
The Cannes Film Festival has been running yearly since 1946. It is one of the most prestigious and highly publicized film festivals in the world. Each year, film greats and emerging talent ascend the famed red stairs of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès to preview the festival's yearly selection of new films and documentaries from around the world.
Due to its popularity, the first building where it used to be held, was replaced in 1982 by a new one, designed by architects Bruet and Benet. In 2013 and 2014, some renovations were done, making it the majestic architectural work that it is today.
More than just film
Although the Cannes film festival is the most significant event hosted on their grounds, the Palais also receives around 300,000 congress delegates and hosts over 40 different types of events each year.
The building is popular among big tech events, offering 88,000 square meters, with 35,000 square meters of exhibition space and 15 auditoriums.
The Cannes film festival is a private event; however, if you are staying in Cannes during its course, you can check out the red carpet and experience the city during a time of glamour and fame. Visitors can snap pictures of the actors and directors up close on the steps of the Palais at the end of La Croisette street.
Cinéma de la Plage
While the official event is for film professionals only, the public can enjoy nightly open-air screenings at the beach cinema, known as Cinema de la Plage. It is the best way to see a new movie, seated under the stars.
Entry is free, but make sure to arrive early to reserve your spot. Bring some snacks and some wine and make the evening special.