Hotspot of the week: Cannes

Hanging out in the grand hotels for a chance to hobnob with the big names.
REGIS DUVIGNAU

Hanging out in the grand hotels for a chance to hobnob with the big names.

There are plenty of ways to crash the world's most prestigious film festival. 

For 70 years, the A-list of the film world have flocked to the French Riviera in late May for the inimitable Cannes Film Festival.

With its long history of premiering films which go on to become classics and launching high-profile careers, it is widely considered the creme de la creme of the international film festival circuit.

As an industry-only event, tickets to screenings are sold only to directors, producers, actors and other movie types who have been granted badges. But it is possible for mere mortals to get in on the action and experience the excitement of Cannes in festival season with some careful planning.

A selection of festival films are played on the perfectly groomed public beach at 9pm each evening and free tickets are available for the typically avant garde movies shown in the Critics' Week section (if you can find their tent tucked away on a side street near the Miramar Hotel).

Cannes Cinephiles offers free screenings of festival films in four different venues and, if you become an accredited member, you can apply for a badge to get into the star-studded screenings.

Hanging out on the Croisette and in the grand hotels and bars also gives you a chance to hobnob with the big names. 

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