I hear you, this list is just gonna be ‘Cannes Film Festival’ written six times, right? No, of course not! There are LOTS of other things to do in Cannes for film lovers. I think you’d be surprised how many films were shot here and the little leftovers from the film festival still present year-round.
And that’s a great thing, because if you’re a film fan and you’re hitting up Cannes any time of the year that isn’t May AKA for the Cannes Film Festival, then you’re still in luck.
Here are six really fun things to do in Cannes for film lovers…
Cannes for Film Lovers
1. Check out the top film locations
Believe it or not, the glamorous beauty of the French Riviera is appealing to filmmakers. I know, right?! Who would have thought?
So, there are a few filming locations to hunt out while in Cannes. The Majestic Barrière Hotel appears in both Brian de Palma’s Le Femme Fatale (2002) and Ronin (1998) directed by John Frankenheimer.
A high-speed car chase in Goldeneye (1994) takes place just outside of Cannes and Hotel Charlton‘s beach front is a location in French Kiss (1995).
But of course, the best movie to watch for Cannes filming locations is To Catch a Thief (1954) directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.
I won’t give much away about this film’s filming locations in Cannes as I wrote a whole blog post about the To Catch a Thief filming locations in Cannes which I think you should read…
2. Hit up a movie (or two) at an independent cinema
Believe it or not, there are barely any cinemas in Cannes. I know, I know. Call me a liar but it’s true! Most of the venues are conference centres, hotels and performing arts centres that transform into fabulous cinemas for the festival.
Nevertheless, if you aren’t attending Cannes Film Festival, you should still try and watch a film in a proper independent cinema in Cannes. It’s gotta be the most important thing to do in Cannes for film lovers!
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3. Rub shoulders with Julianne Moore at Cannes Film Festival
It’s one of the best, definitely the most prestigious, film festival in the world. If you’re itching to visit Cannes as a film fan, you have to try and go to the festival even if you can’t get a badge.
4. Instagram some Tarantino/Campion themed street art
This must be one of my favourite finds of my time in Cannes. I walked from our apartment to the Croisette every day and passed underneath this bridge that had really gorgeous street art underneath.
If you’re walking down Boulevard Alexandre III towards Boulevard de la Croisette, you’ll walk under a bridge with art from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994) on one side and Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993). As I’m sure you’re aware, they were both consecutive winners of the Palme d’Or award at Cannes Film Festival.
Yes, the street art graced my Instagram grid. What a silly question.
5. Walk along the Star-Studded Floor near the Croisette
This is like, Cannes’ own Hollywood Walk of Fame. I’m not sure whose idea it was or who was first on the trail, but the Star-Studded Walk is literally just handprints of famous filmmakers who have been to Cannes.
Okay, it’s nothing too special. But, the filmmakers are more obscure and eclectic than the Hollywood Walk of Fame so its fun seeing how many I know.
6. Let ‘Cannes & The Cinema’ Guided Tour do the hard work for you!
There is, believe it or not, a walking tour around Cannes for film lovers. You can walk around Cannes with a knowledgeable guide who will show you everything you could possibly want to see around Cannes as a film fan This includes film festival hot spots, filming locations and other insider knowledge.
Unfortunately, the tour is only every Friday afternoon, but since it’s a specialist tour I wouldn’t expect it to be available daily. And it’s in English and French! Bonus!
And that’s the best of Cannes for film lovers! Would you add anything to the list? Let me know in the comments below!