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  • Writer's pictureJameson Farn

The 71st Cannes Film Festival 2018!

There is a definite buzz this time of year in the French Riviera surrounding the upcoming 71st Cannes Film Festival that takes place May 8 to May 19, 2018! Although we have been preparing for months, you can still sense an awakening in the springtime air with those in the business community getting everything prepared for when this part of France goes up on the world stage.

The first annual Cannes Film Festival was set to start in the small resort fishing city back in 1939 but World War ll had put a quick stop to that idea. But in 1946, France’s government approved a revival of the Festival de Cannes as a means of luring tourists back to the French Riviera. So the festival finally began on September 20, 1946, and 18 nations were represented.

Though there were a few bumpy early years where the festival was cancelled for economic reasons, by the mid-fifties, the Festival International du Film de Cannes came to be regarded as the most prestigious film festival in the world.

And this is easily seen today by way of the global media on hand and those in the city enveloped in a community of renowned actors, producers, directors and every other profession of the film industry for the many glamorous film premieres, events and of course, to be seen on the steps of the Palais des Festivals’ famous red carpet.

The excitement continues this year for the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival with the stunningly talented, Oscar award-winning actress Cate Blanchett as the President of the Jury presiding over those hoping for the chance to win the much prized Palme D’Or award.

With our passion for everything French Riviera, we work daily along with our 29 local business partners as part of a shared economy to bring those coming to the region the very best there is to offer so that you may have a truly authentic and wonderful experience, not only for the Cannes Film Festival, but any time of year.

Now, let’s get you here: With this being the Cannes Film Festival, we work with Smart Aviation private charter jet services who are able to fly you and anyone else in your entourage from most any location around the world to either the Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport or the more discreet and even closer Cannes-Mandelieu Airport.

Also, since traffic tends to increase dramatically around Cannes for the film festival, we suggest our aviation specialists arrange for a quick helicopter charter either from the airports or even from your yacht charter or to one of our villa rental locations.

Private car service will be essential, especially if you need to get to any meetings or events safely not only in Cannes but throughout the surrounding areas. For this, you will definitely require an experienced chauffeur service such as our partners at AJM Touring.

Not only do the drivers know the region extremely well, AJM Touring will offer you the most realistic and reasonable quotes along with providing you with drivers that are trained in all aspects of safety and security, who will also stay with you throughout your journey and who can navigate where you need to go so that you arrive in a timely manner.

If it is close protection you require, the team at Xtreme Security can accompany you to any event, monitor your yacht party in the port, take care of any luxury transport needs and also help manage your privacy around one of our villa rentals.

As for a place to stay for the Cannes Film Festival, time is of the essence and although it’s not unusual for our team to take last minute villa rental requests, so that you feel everything is well prepared, it’s best to book now so that you can arrive knowing your home away from home is fully supplied with all the essentials you require. We have a wide selection of high-end properties available, not only in Cannes but also throughout the region including a number of private, off-market villas giving us in total access to almost 200 properties. Many of these properties will allow you to not only entertain during the film festival but they will also give you the privacy needed to relax and retreat.

All of our property rentals are price matched and fully insured so that you are protected and guaranteed and you will be provided with all the necessary legal documents required before your stay.

If there is a property type you had in mind but don’t see on our website, just let us know. We can easily do a more extensive search in our portfolio and love the thrill of seeking out the perfect villa environment.

As for the parties during the Cannes Film Festival, there are certainly plenty to be found, and like the films presented, in every genre imaginable. This is the time to dress to impress and to definitely be on the VIP guest list.

If it’s happening, we have the direct access you need to obtain tickets to the various after parties, galas and charity events.

This will be your chance to mix and mingle with those on all levels of the A-List in the film and media industry, tickets for these sensational events do sell out quickly and the demand for tickets increases daily, especially during the Cannes Film Festival so connect with us for your head start on the selection.

Overall, we are always available for this much anticipated time of year with the Cannes Film Festival. We love getting to meet and work with people from every nationality around the world to take care of all their needs so that they may have a most pleasant and productive stay and to also truly Experience The French Riviera.

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