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Expert advice for festival first timers

Who better to advise how to make the most of your time in Cannes than the people who’ve been there and done it? We asked some Festival veterans what they wish they’d known for their first time.

created on Monday 22 May 2017

“Don’t plan all of your time to the minute – leave time for serendipity – that is when the true magic of Cannes happens!”
"People don’t wear ball gowns to the Galas! Dress up but don’t go full Oscars."
"Make sure you plan your trip – it’s the only way to get the most out of your experience. Make time for the talks you want to see and try a few you think are a little bit off your radar – you’ll be inspired!"
"Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to random people, everyone is really friendly! It’s the best bit about it."
"Buy a local mobile sim card; say goodbye to roaming woes and save a lot of money.”
"Bring Compeed! Don’t pack shoes you can’t walk in. Enjoy every second – walk around the Palais, speak to as many people as you can and breathe in the creativity, it all ends in a flash."
"Identify three things each day that you definitely don’t want to miss and work around that. Spend time at the Palais and see as much of the work as you can."
"Register on the Friday; it’s way less crowded and you can enjoy a full day of learning on Saturday."
"Talk to strangers. There is no other place on earth where you'll find 15,000 people who love advertising as much as you do."
"Go to the old town for dinner. Totally different vibe to the Croisette."
"Restaurants are mega busy the week of the Festival. Book in advance if you want a particular restaurant."
"Might be a silly thing, but don’t forget to contact your bank before you travel – nothing more annoying than having your card declined."