Look, it’s tough and it’s not easy….. the reality is if you’re just going to Cannes just to try and spot stars, the best you’ll do is standing (for hours) outside some of the bigger hotels such as the Martinez, Carlton, Majestic or the Grand and hope to catch a glimpse of a star emerging from the main entrance – and you’ll be there along with several hundred other fans – you won’t get close, but if you’re tall enough (or close enough) you may get lucky with a photo.
You want to go to Cannes Film Festival to be part of the infamous parties – but you’re not a filmmaker? It’s still tough – but less tough if you are either wealthy or very well connected with filmmaker friends who have invites to various cocktail and black tie parties (festival guards and doormen have been known to refuse admittance to people whose attire doesn’t meet their high standards).
If you are well connected, make sure you bring a suit or chic dress for parties – image is everything in Cannes, nearly as important as your connections. And make sure you organize your accommodation before arriving – average costs for a even just a simple studio in central Cannes are 2-3000 euros for the duration of the festival so if you’re paying less (and it’s still a lot) just grin and bear it, because you actually got lucky!