1. Stay somewhere grand
Set on the legendary La Croisette, linking the beach to the city, the Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic is a stone’s throw from the Palais des Festivals. Chances are it’ll be packed with the great and good during festival week. Opt for the Christian Dior suite – modelled after his Parisian apartment – and embrace your inner mogul.
2. Be ready to make a deal
Those looking for an industry break should sign up to Marché du Film – the business end to the festival. This grants access to industry talks, socials and also gets you a one-year subscription to Cinando, Hollywood’s most valuable database. Also, remember this: the first weekend is when the action happens.
3. You’re gonna need some badges
We say get there early, wear a suit and charm a badge out of someone. There are two: blue and brown. Brown will get you into screenings and parties, if accompanied by someone official, blue gets you access all areas.
4. Learn the art of the blag
You’d be amazed how far you can get by looking the part and having an air that says you belong on the right side of the velvet rope. Aim for a midnight blue tux – Tom Ford excels at this – and head towards the red carpet.
5. Or just avoid the whole thing instead
Not enamoured with the movie industry? Well, a 15-minute boat ride from Cannes lies Saint Honorat. Home to an order of monks since around 400AD, an hour or two of peace on the island is the perfect antidote. No tux required.