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Cannes Film Festival 2014

May 8, 2014

Being French, I am very proud of my country's cultural heritage, and like to get involved with as many festivals in France as possible. One of my favourites – and my daughter's too, for that matter – is the Cannes Film Festival.

For 12 days each May, the world's most stylish celebrities and movie stars descend upon Cannes for the world's most glittering celebration of film. If you're also planning to head down for a piece of the limelight, then travel in style with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle! It takes just 35 minutes to get from Folkestone to Calais, where it is then a scenic 10 and a half hour drive down through France to the beautiful Côte d'Azur.

What's happening at the Cannes Film Festival?

For 2014, the Cannes Film Festival will run from the 14th to the 25th May, with plenty of glamorous events packed into those 12 days. Around 2,000 films are promoted at the film festival each year, attracting more than 30,000 directors, producers, actors, publicists, distributors and general hangers-on, so be prepared to queue!

Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival

The centre of all the glitzy goings-on, and consequently the best location to spot some celebs, is the Palais des Festivals. Crowds tend to gather here shortly after lunchtime in preparation for that evening’s film showing, so if you want a good view, get there early.

Although it is likely that you won’t be able to attend any of the main events, which are reserved for industry insiders only, there are a few free screenings and parties around town that will be open to the general public. But, for full listings of everything that is going on at the festival, head to the official Festival de Cannes website.

Exploring more of Cannes

During May, Cannes is buzzing with film buffs and celeb spotters, but this isn't the only time of year worth visiting. The summer months bring long, hot days, with temperatures often reaching well up into the 30s. This makes it the perfect season for sun seekers and beach bums, and the cities soft, sandy coastline promises not to disappoint!

Take a stroll through Canne’s cobbled streets
Take a stroll through Canne’s cobbled streets

If you prefer it a little cooler, then pay Cannes a visit in either spring or autumn, when it is the perfect climate for walking around and exploring the city, or hitting the fabulous shops! The Musée de la Castre near the sea front is well worth a visit with its fascinating assortment of ethnographic collections. Or, to see more of the star-studded side of the city, take a stroll down the famous Boulevard de la Croisette.

Driving to the Cannes Film Festival 2014

With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, it takes just 35 minutes to cross the Channel, which means you will be on your way in no time! From our Calais terminal, the drive to Cannes will take you roughly 10 and a half hours, through some of the most scenic regions of France. There are plenty of beautiful places to stop at for a rest on your way to Cannes, which can make the journey all the more fun! Whichever route you choose, we hope to see you in front of the silver screen soon!

Author: Pascale Guilbert - Digital Executive - Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
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Pascale Guilbert

I'm French, so I'm a big fan of French culture, tradition and cooking, so always look forward to visiting France. My family and I tend to visit my family in northern France twice a month, so we're always there. I'm looking forward to sharing some of my family's holiday stories as we travel throughout France and the rest of Europe.