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CANNES FILM FESTIVAL SURVIVAL GUIDE Antonio Ho - May 22, 2019

Whether it’s your first time or your seventy-second time attending the Cannes Film Festival, one thing that will always remain the same: the feeling of being overwhelmed by the festival’s crazy-high energy. You will find yourself running around the Marché from one meeting to another, busy going through schedules of various events and parties – making sure you get on the list and whatever time is left in between to enjoy a film or two. Here are some suggestions that might just help you navigate the sea of chaos:

1. Scheduling & Time Management

Spend some time prior to the festival to plan. It is also advisable use specialized apps or software to help you with the process. That way you can also analyze how efficient you are at spending your time during the Cannes Film Festival.

2. Finding your Way

Study the map and spend a few hours to really get a sense of the area so you are familiar with navigating around especially if it is your first time. The Pavilions and booths don’t always stay in the same area each year so it definitely would help if you identify the whereabouts (and how to get there) of the ones you plan to visit.

3. Me Time

With everything going on (meetings, pitching, learning, parties), it can be easy to overlook your own personal needs. Do set some time during the festival (other than bed time) for yourself to reflect, take a deep breath, and just relax. You would be surprised even if it is only for 15 or 20 minutes per day in the midst of all the chaos that is the Cannes Film Festival.

This by no means is the exhaustive list of tips that can help you during the festival but it provides a nice foundation. Other things such as always have mint/gum, umbrella, and wear deodorant should go without saying. Overall, the Cannes Film Festival can be extremely overwhelming and it is important to not get sucked into the whirlpool of chaos.