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Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t invite you to Cannes? Here’s how to enjoy the fun of the festival….

Red7 , May 15, 2014

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Yesterday, saw the start of the dazzling 10-day Cannes Film Festival. Hollywood stars, the elite of the film world and anyone rich or famous enough to have a yacht, a Ferrari and a face full of Botox have descended on the beautiful private beaches of La Croisette beachfront in Cannes.

Stars like Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio are gracing the glittering shores of Cannes and the red-carpeted steps of the Palais des Festivals et des Congres de Cannes.

If you weren’t lucky enough to bag yourself an invite to the hottest event in the film world’s calendar (us neither), here’s a few ways you can enjoy Cannes Festival on a budget.

1. Go to Cannes at any other time of the year

The beauty of the French Riviera isn’t going anywhere. Escape the crowds of journalists and films stars and head to Cannes for a luxury (albeit still slightly expensive) holiday in some of the most exclusive hotels and beaches in Europe. There’s still a chance you might spot a few famous faces sunning themselves on La Croisette.

2. Be a red carpet spotter

Cannes Film Festival is one of the most eagerly red carpet fashion events of the year. Keep an eye on the newspapers and websites  for the most dazzling dresses and be inspired by the vast array of designer dresses and stars dripping with jewels. The Cannes red carpet is also often a controversial one. Remember back in 2001 when the cast of ’24 Hour Party People’ started attacking each other with a suitcase of dead pigeons? Or in 2007 when Jerry Seinfeld turned up on a zip wire dressed as a bee to promote new film ‘Bee Movie?’ Or when Sacha Baron Cohen arrived in his famous green mankini to promote his film ‘Borat?’ Watch this space.

3. Have a Cannes Party

Go for a spray tan or head to the beach before glamming up for a Cannes party of your own with exclusive screenings of the best winners of the prestigious Cannes Palme d’Or award. Our favourites include ‘Taxi Driver’ (1976), ‘Sex, Lies and Videotape’ (1989), ‘The Piano’ (1993), ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994) and ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ (2013).



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