My friend and I just booked to go to Cannes this year for the Film Festival! Your blog says it’s a great way to meet people and maybe get involved in the Jetset life
Are there any tips you might have that will help get us noticed? I feel like there will be SO many people and our chances might be slim?
We plan on going out every day and looking our absolute best at all times as well as networking and talking to as many people as possible.
But what additional advice would you have if you have done this yourself? Is it possible for girls to go there in hope of meeting other jetsetters but to go home disappointed? What experiences have you had?
I do want to encourage people with no contacts to visit Cannes during the film festival, even though like you say, there will be A LOT of people around and “loads of competition”. Because it’s a fantastic opportunity to create fun memories plus meet interesting people.
But be prepared to start from the bottom, by doing your thing without any expectations. The chances are very small you will end up at some prestige screening of a movie, the awards or other important functions. Unless you get very lucky of course.
When you go to Cannes as a beginner, the best way is to start where it’s easiest to make contacts. That will obviously be where people are partying, and often in the mainstream night clubs.
- Visit Nikki Beach during the day. Yes, it might be all about tacky partying but you’re there on a mission to make new contacts, and here you can find some fun characters! Most of the people are usually the non film industry kind of guys, but rather come to Cannes with their yachts to have a party. It’s easy to mingle here and a must as a day time activity to try and sort your evenings out (invitation wise).
And how to get in? Go there when there is no cue, and you simply tell the bouncer your friends are inside as they have a table. Can’t guarantee it works, but worth a try. Just be confident! (Same goes for the other clubs btw).
- Baoli for drinks or dinner (or even dancing if you wish). Make this your main choice for the earlier evening activity as it’s a popular place for the “Nikki Beach type of guys” to pay a visit.
Again, you might not run in to the A-listers and film industry crowd, but on the other hand as a beginner the chances are small you will do so at all during your first time in Cannes. But Baoli is a great place to network at because everyone who is in Cannes for fun, goes here.
- Go clubbing at Gotha or Vip room. But preferably Gotha. Okay, so clubs are not the best places to look for quality contacts at, but when you don’t have any other options, you gotta spend your nights somewhere! And the rich people come here at night and even celebrities, so no matter what, it will be a fun experience.
And as you know, night clubs are super easy to network in, almost too easy. The perfect spot if you want to find a cool after party on a yacht or villa to crash.
- Spend as much time as possible circulating the 5 star hotels. With this I mean, go to their day time beach clubs (if accessible to the public for a fee), pay their restaurants a visit, go to their lobby bar’s for drinks.
As an example, the Carlton is a typical “hub” where many people tend to gather, and you can go there any time and bump in to anyone!
When I was in Cannes, I was at Carlton every single day, several times as well. In the end it became “my toilet” whenever I was about on the croisette and needed to freshen up in the bathroom. But hey, I met loads of people at Carlton while circulating this much.
Also make a day trip to Antibes and grab a lunch at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. All the A-listers, VIP’s and best events are there!
- Just be out and about everywhere! I’ve mentioned the most common places, but there are more up-scale venues than just these. It’s when you’re circulating or strolling about that the random magic tend to happen. Someone starts talking to you or you bump in to someone.
Go to places which seem jet set. Take your strolls on the croisette, check out the yachts by the marina or visit designer shops.
- Look your absolute best at all times! Unfortunately, your looks will often decide your “luck” in terms of networking. But also your attitude of course. Be your best self, be positive and outgoing.
- Don’t be obsessed about hunting down contacts. People sense desperation and it puts them off! Be open to the possibilities but go to Cannes mainly to enjoy yourself with your friend. The rest is secondary.
- Whenever you make a contact that seems legit, always take the opportunity to ask what their doing later, if they know of any good parties or events to visit. This is to open up a door for a potential invite, done in a non obvious manner.
- Come prepared with a 3G connection and Whatsapp, as this will be your main tool for keeping in touch with everyone you meet. I was using data roaming from my sim card from home, and sure, I had a bill to pay when I got home but it was worth it. The point is that you will otherwise feel very restricted if you don’t make use of the numbers you gather. It’s important that you follow up with people and stay in touch with them as much as possible! (Without over doing it of course)
- Give people a chance! Sometimes you get approached by guys who you immediately would like to categorise as “losers” but I think it’s important not to judge too fast and give everyone a chance. Let your intuition guide you away from bullshitters and time wasters.
- Stay researching! Whenever you speak to people always ask what they have been up to, where they have been, what they recommend etc. Keep yourself up to date with “the latest” of what’s going on in Cannes as it will give you insight of where to go yourself!
- Make female contacts too! Although working in pairs is the most efficient ways to get by in Cannes, making friends with other girls should not be an exclusion. You never know how you can help each other out in what ways, and don’t think only male connections can benefit you with invites to fun events. So do girls if they have good connections!
Do any of you have anything else to add or recommend?