The countdown is officially on until the biggest names in Hollywood descend on the festival town of Cannes for the 71st edition of the world-famous Cannes Film Festival. The annual event, arguably the most important fixture on the film industry’s calendar, will this year begin on Tuesday May 8th, with the closing awards ceremony being held on Saturday May 19th. Why not organise a Cannes Film Festival helicopter transfer with Monacair to travel to and from the festival in ultimate style?
Cannes at a Glance
The highly-anticipated event attracts more than 45,000 people over the 10 days – with millions more watching the glamorous red carpet moments on television sets across the world.
The population of the coastal town of Cannes swells to more than 200,000 for the 10 days, with all of its five star luxury hotels being reserved months in advance. Industry players from around the globe descend for screenings, networking and exclusive parties.
Festivities for the 2018 edition will begin one day earlier this year, marking a new era in the event’s history after its 70th anniversary celebrations, according to Festival President Pierre Lescure.
“This new schedule will allow us to rebalance the two weeks of the event and bring new energy to the proceedings. What is more, starting on a Tuesday will allow us to hold an additional gala evening before the Festival weekend and to organise previews of the opening film throughout France,” Mr Lescure said in a statement to the press.
The Revered Palme d’Or
The pinnacle of the Cannes Film Festival each year is without doubt The Palme d’Or Award, a prestigious prize awarded to the director of the best feature film in the competition.
The jury for this year’s Palme d’Or Award will be headed by Australian actress and theatre director Cate Blanchett, who is no stranger to accolades herself. The Elizabeth I actress has received numerous international awards including two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, to name but a few.
She said recently: “I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere and in Competition, but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbours.”
Cate Blanchett follows Pedro Almodóvar, Jury President of the 70th edition, whose jury awarded the Palme d’or to The Square by Swedish director Ruben Östlund.
A Red Carpet Arrival
Outside of the action on the big screen, the festival is famed for its exclusive parties with VIP guest lists on board the yachts moored alongside the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, at luxury hotels such as the uber-trendy Hotel-du-Cap-Eden-Roc along the Côte d’Azur and in fabulous villas hidden high in the hills behind Cannes.
Monacair can whisk you direct from your private jet or commercial flight to transfer from Nice airport to Cannes in seven minutes – as well as from other destinations on the French Riviera. Cannes’ helipad is less than ten minutes from the red carpet action. Arrive by helicopter in the style and luxury that befits such an exclusive global event.