Book a Cannes Film Festival yacht charter and cruise into the world’s most prestigious film gathering in style
Book a Cannes Film Festival yacht charter and cruise into the world’s most prestigious film gathering in style

Book a Cannes Film Festival yacht charter and cruise into the world’s most prestigious film gathering in style

The Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May 2024), or the Festival de Cannes, is one of the most talked about events on the French Riviera each year. 

In any other month, Cannes is an elegant resort town that attracts a sophisticated crowd of holidaymakers, but in May it becomes the capital of world cinema. The famous La Croisette promenade, lined with luxurious Belle Époque hotels, chic bars, and seaview restaurants, is at the centre of the action for the international film festival, while ascending the Palais Des Festival’s red carpet is the highlight of any visit. 

 Together with the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, it effectively bookends the summer season in the French Riviera. While the yachting festival marks an end to the season, the film festival heralds the start of a new year, creating an exciting atmosphere to be immersed in. 

A Cannes yacht charter gives you unrivalled access to the French Riviera’s rich cruising grounds and a luxurious base for which to enjoy the excitement of the festival and its many VIP events.  

Sun-filled days on the Cóte d’Azur don’t get more exclusive than hanging out in your own beach club, especially one where you can swap your backdrop every few hours, while pre-event drinks served on the upper deck terrace as you survey the scene below is a great way to get a glitzy and glamorous night started. And of course, a Cannes Film Festival yacht charter is the perfect stage on which to host your own unforgettable event charter – with private chefs, crew, and jaw-dropping amenities all awaiting your guests.

Origins of the Cannes Film Festival

Though it has its origins pre-war, the first Cannes Film Festival was held in 1946 and marked a new era for the world of cinema. From its very early days, Cannes set itself out as a celebration of cinematic originality and excellence. 

The Palme d’Or – a gold-leaf trophy designed by Chopard and awarded to the best film at the festival each year – introduced in 1955, soon became the most coveted prize in the world of film and the Cannes Film Festival became an event everyone wanted to be seen at.

Today, it’s lost none of its post-war glamour, and still attracts A-list guests to its refined Riviera setting each spring, just as the new yachting season gets into swing.

View of the port at Cannes; the perfect place for a luxury superyacht charter
Cannes film festival yacht charter provides a base for red carpet events

Why hire a luxury superyacht charter for the Cannes Film Festival?

While spending your days wandering along La Croisette and the many cobbled lanes of the Old Town during this frenetic time is undeniably appealing, a Cannes Film Festival yacht charter is all about making the most of the stunning location.

Cannes’ proximity to other Mediterranean hotspots is its biggest appeal. On a luxury Cannes yacht charter, you have the freedom to explore the French Riviera, from Nice to St Tropez and Monaco to its fullest. A Cannes Film Festival yacht charter is perfect for enjoying the best of the Mediterranean each season, from sparkling seas and clear blue skies to exclusive restaurants, top-class marinas, and fashionable hangouts.

Pop along the coast to Nice for a dose of culture in the city’s wonderful museums and galleries, or head to St Tropez or Monaco to party with the fashionable set. Alternatively you can embrace the calm and the traditional way of life of some of the area’s beautiful hilltop villages.

Couple having a coffee looking at view of harbour with luxury superyacht charters
VIP pool accomodations as part of the luxury superyacht charter experience

Back in Cannes, you can dock quayside to soak up the infectious party atmosphere, or drop anchor in the bay for a little more privacy and use one of your yacht’s tenders to ferry guests to and from the yacht for VIP cocktail parties, champagne receptions, or decadent pool parties.

Your Cannes yacht charter comes with sumptuous accommodation to suit your needs, whether you’re looking for a flexible, family-friendly layout or a dedicated private deck that allows you to enjoy your holiday away from prying eyes. If you’re in the mood for socialising, choose a luxury charter yacht with an expansive dining layout, either inside with views all around, or alfresco to make the most of the Mediterranean climate. 

When it comes to cooling down, you can take to the water on one of your yacht’s fun-filled water toys, or head to the pool for a dip, while the yacht’s spa and salon are ideal for leaving you feeling polished ahead of the Riviera’s exclusive events.

Group of friends sitting on the deck of their Cannes Film Festival yacht charter
Couple relaxing in their luxury superyacht charter salon

VIP film festival events to enjoy while visiting Cannes

Each year during the the Cannes Film Festival there is a packed calendar of official events, from master classes with the crème de la crème of the film industry to events celebrating honorary Palme d’Ors – Michael Douglas, Tom Cruise, and French director Agnes Varda are among those to be given honorary awards for their contribution to film.

But an event as prestigious as the Cannes Film Festival also calls for lots of other extravagant events, from private parties to dinners, and securing an invite to some of the most in-demand events is top of everyone’s wish list.

Hotel Martinez - a must visit place on your Cannes Film Festival yacht charter
Couple having dinner at a Michelin Star restaurant with a view of luxury superyacht charters

There are of course, the Cannes’ staples – the places where the in-crowd go to hang out that can become events in themselves, such as Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez on La Croisette, whose sea-facing two-star Michelin restaurant is named after the festival’s top prize, has been a fashionable hangout on the Côte d’Azur since the 1920s. A little further along La Croisette, even closer to the Palais, Hotel Barrière Le Majestic often hosts the opening and closing parties for the festival.

For a more authentic French dining experience away from glaring lenses, you can steal off for dinner in one of the town’s Provencal restaurants, such as La Brouette de Grand Mère – a wonderfully classic brasserie.

And at the end of the evening, before you return to the gilded surroundings of your Cannes charter yacht, head to Gotha Club where you can party the night away with the VIP events and best DJs in the world.

Family arriving on their Cannes Film Festival yacht charter
Couple enjoying the view from their luxury superyacht charter

How to Book Your 2024 Cannes Film Festival Yacht Charter

Whether you’re looking for an intimate charter and planning some Med island hopping between the main events or want a palatial yacht for hosting memorable post-show parties, Edmiston has a Cannes yacht charter to suit your needs.

To book your luxury yacht charter in the Med in time for the Cannes Film Festival, speak with your luxury charter broker.


14 May 2024

Written by:

Jack Hartley