Apart from the Cannes Film Festival in May, the city lives and breathes all year round under the lights of the cinema. Theme visits, the Little Touristic Train, painted walls, theater rooms, pop-up museum, exhibition of huge pictures in public areas, and the magic of the 7th Art are available to everyone.
A complete guide of all cinema activities in Cannes, all year round:
1/ Guided Visits
Every Friday, the Palais des Festivals organizes guided visits in French and in English to reveal to you the secrets of the cinema capital.
2/ Painted Walls
In connection with the program of smartening up few borrows of the city, Cannes initiated in 2002 the realization of these cinema art fresco panels. These gigantic painted walls honor the icons of the 7th Art.
3/ Little Touristic Train
The Cinema Train takes you along the Croisette or for a full tour of the city passing through the old area of Le Suquet.
4/ Cannes Theater Rooms
The movie-goer associations as ‘Cannes-cinéma’ and ‘Ciné Croisette’ are very dynamic associations; they organize projections and discussions, themed debates and previews.
5/ Pop-up Museum
An ephemeral museum dedicated to the cinema and to the audio-visual creation.
The program is: A unique collection of film posters of Gilles Traverso and Gilles Jacob, the Amateur Film Factory, a cinema theater built within the Palais des Festivals and animated by the Oscar-winning Director Michel Gondry.
6/ Cannes fait le Mur
This exhibition under the theme of “Bad Boy, Bad Girl” in collaboration with Nice-Matin local newspaper, includes 18 grand format canvases of cinema celebrities. They are presented on the main walls of buildings and on aerial tarpaulins all along the street of Antibes.
7/ Walking path Silhouettes de Cinéma (Cinema figures)
Drole de Dame, Superman, Lara Croft, Han Solo or the Pirates of the Caribbean punctuate a beautiful walk from one silhouette to another. It is the opportunity to discover the city in a funny way. Take snapshots at every silhouette: just go up on the stepping stone behind it and put your head in the hole, you are transformed in an everlasting hero.
The visit lasts approximately 1 hour and a half for 10 silhouettes.
8/ The Path of the Stars
Los Angeles has its “Walk of Fame” on Hollywood Boulevard; Cannes has its “Path of the Stars” in front of the Palais des Festivals. There or here, the stars leave their signatures and their hand prints.
In front of the Palais des Festivals, 7th Art, celebrities hand prints and signatures mark out the Esplanade George Pompidou and its gardens. Only few meters from the Palais des Festivals, more than 300 stainless moldings decorate the pavement of Cannes. Actors, Directors, legendary stars or less known personalities, the Path of the Stars carry on every year a honored tradition. The Path of the Stars is the most visited square of the Cote D’Azur and offers to everyone the opportunity to approach and to touch this myth.
9/ At the end of the visit, you can stop at the Cannes Tourist Office and enjoy a beautiful décor of the red steps climbing and share it on the web #cannesisyours. The good thing is that the WIFI is free.
Soon a Cinema Multiplex
Realized by the well-known architect Rudy Ricciotti, this complex is ambitious with high technology and will open in 2018. It will be the first in Europe to be entirely equipped with Dolby Atmos system and the first in France of the Dolby Cinema technology.