Smithsonian at the 70th Cannes Film Festival

May 21 – 30, 2017

The Cannes Film Festival is an annual international event—one of the most prestigious in the world—that celebrates the best in film. Through a special accreditation granted by the Festival, Smithsonian Journeys takes you into a world reserved only for film professionals. And you’ll stay at the centrally located Montaigne Hotel and Spa.

Highlights Include

  • Special Festival Pass: Through your festival pass, join industry professionals to watch films from the “Official Competition.” You’ll also view films by young directors in the Un Certain Regard competition, watch directors introduce their “Short Films,” and enjoy hearing from an actor, director, or producer about a newly restored Cannes Classic.
  • Restricted Access Areas: Visit the Film Market where the business of film is conducted and tour the International Village along the waterfront, possible only through your special pass.
  • Private Reception: Experience the festivity of a private reception at the American Pavilion!
  • Morning Briefings: Attend briefings with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert to discuss the previous day’s films and hear suggestions for other screenings.
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Marta Lamperova

Marta Lamperova has attended the Cannes Film Festival for over a decade and has led several student programs. Her background in the world of film provides a unique perspective on the business and its various aspects—from buying and distributing to marketing and production. Marta graduated with a degree in psychology from the Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia, and a degree in film studies from the University of Fine Arts VMU. She then worked as a production manager and freelance producer for various production companies in Prague before becoming the managing director of Film Europe in 2008. Currently, Marta works as a lecturer on film marketing strategies at FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts), Europe’s top film school, and serves as the head of FAMUs production department. Living in Prague, she is very active in the film business across Europe and works on the Nipkow Program, a training program for television and film professionals.


Days 1 & 2 – Depart U.S. for Cannes, France

Fly from the U.S. to Nice, France. Upon arrival, transfer to Cannes, your home for the next eight nights. After a brief orientation walking tour, check into your hotel, the Montaigne. Later gather for a welcome reception and dinner to meet fellow film lovers this evening. Your accreditation badges, giving you access to the festival, will be distributed this evening. Those with plenty of energy may wish to attend a screening tonight.

Day 3 – Introduction, Palais des Festivals, American Pavilion

This morning over breakfast, your Smithsonian Journeys Expert will give you an introduction to the history and organization of the Cannes Film Festival. Review the schedule and identify screening opportunities, before heading to the Palais des Festivals. From here, after an orientation to the various screening rooms by your expert, you are free to pursue films of your choice for the rest of the day. Early in the evening, gather at the American Pavilion in the International Village for a presentation by a film professional, followed by a private reception overlooking the Mediterranean. Later you may choose to continue to attend screenings, including those from the Cannes Classics series, Un Certain Regard, or watch Short Films.

Days 4–8 – Film Screenings

After a review of the screenings with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert over breakfast each day, you are free to select and attend screenings of your choice.

Day 9 – Final Wrap-Up, Farewell Dinner

Gather for a final session with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert to share thoughts, experiences, film critiques, and more. Spend the rest of the day enjoying Cannes as the city returns to its post-Festival life. Celebrate your cinematic discoveries this evening at a farewell reception and dinner with fellow travelers on the Croisette by the sea.

Day 10 – Depart Cannes for U.S.

Depart Cannes early this morning for Nice and individual return flights home.

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