This industry-only event is a badged affair and it can be tricky to sneak into a film without one but there are a few ways that you can try if you are determined to join the throngs at a screening. These are invitation only and the invites will mostly be given to celebrities, friends of the filmmakers, locals, and other folks with connections. However, the good news is that badge-holders actually get penalised if they take tickets and then don’t use them so, as a result, there are a lot of tickets given away by badge-holders at the last minute to avoid the ticket penalty.
A little patience, some killer heels and a sign with your request could well be the key to your success. A ticket entitles you to walk the red carpet as well as allowing you into the film screening, so remember that the dress code is mandatory – black tie or gown is essential. Once you have your glad rags on, make yourself a sign letting people known how many invitations you are looking for and, if you're picky, to which film. Then get yourself to the Palais des Festivals and the red carpet nice and early so that you have a better chance of grabbing any tickets that become available. Most importantly, smile, say pretty please and pray to the gods of cinema!
If this plan doesn't work out then fear not, all is not lost. There are free movies on the beach every evening during the festival from 21:00. Cinema de la Plage will screen a 'Cannes Classic' on Plage Mace close to the Palais des Festivals. You don't need a ticket for this but we would recommend getting there early if you want to take advantage of the deck chairs and blankets. Alternatively, take your own beach towel and settle down on the sand.