Popping paparazzi bulbs, the roll of the red carpet, and well-heeled celebrities at every turn – it’s no wonder that every spring the elite flock to the glitzy shores of Cannes for the annual film festival. Festival de Cannes is one of the hottest events on the cards; not only for those involved in cinema but for many industry professionals, fashionistas and jetsetters who want a front row seat to the action.

the calm before the celebrity storm in cannes

Not only is the Cannes Film Festival an exceptional spot to rub shoulders with industry big names, but it’s also a perfect place to party in pearls, punctuated with many moments of delicious scandal. This year the Cannes Film Festival will be celebrating its 70th year – making it one of the most historic film festivals to date.

What to Expect

There’s no doubt that the paradigm of Cannes will shift this year; film and television seems to be blurring the lines especially with Netflix series making more than a splash. It seems this will be the year that Cannes turns her gaze to the smaller screen also, this year they will be showcasing the return of David Lynch’s highly anticipated Twin Peaks.

Who to Watch Out For

cannes film festival – the most coveted event of the year

Along with some new faces in cinema, attendees are sure to see old hands sashaying down the red carpet. New releases from Sofia Coppola, Noah Baumbach, and Yorgos Lanthimos are sure to shine and an ensemble of film stars from Kirsten Dunst to Colin Farrell, and Dustin Hoffman will be making more than an appearance on the French Riviera.

Where to Party

Aside from silver screenings of the competitor feature films, of which there are 19 categories, Cannes Film Festival is all about the parties. These parties tend to kickstart around lunchtime with lashings of champagne and last well past the fall of the velvet curtain. Some of the best spots to lunch with the rich and famous include Martinez’ Zplage, Long Beach and La Plage 45 at the Grand.

premier after parties and private yacht soirees

Premier after parties and celebratory soirees will get started around 10pm with many events happening onboard the endless array of superyachts dotted around the blue waters. Notable previous party venues also include Chopard’s premier suite and the Hotel du Cap.

Legendary parties you should be trying to score tickets for include the Vanity Fayre annual pearl studded bash hosted by Graydon Carter, the Johnny Pigozzi party on his sprawling 35 acre estate, and the star studded yacht Odessa where Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik will throw down millions to ensure everyone has a good time.

Where to Sleep

Hotel Martinez – a historic place to stay on the legendary Croisette

When in Rome live like the Romans, and when in Cannes sleep like celebrities at the Hotel Martinez. This historic iced white hotel stands on the legendary strip called the Croisette and has payed homage to the golden era of cinema for many years. Private golden sands, a double Michelin starred restaurant, and a 7th floor private suite with its own elegant terrace boasts impeccable views across the glittering bay of Cannes.

A stone’s throw away from the Palais des Festivals where the show is held, the Majestic Barriere is another elegant place to rest your head when you get tired of parties. Matthew McConoughey and Robert De Niro are regular guests and with its oversized spa space, enviable location, and private beach and jetty – it’s easy to see why. The Christian Dior Suite is a first class homage to the couture designer and the Barrier Penthouse has its own private pool and dedicated butler service around the clock.

Majestic Barriere Hotel – one of Robert De Niro’s preferred places to stay