If you are into movies and are looking to venture on a round the world trip, why not follow a cinema trail this year? If you’ve ever been a fan of the red carpet and have closely followed the A-list, you’ll know that film festivals are enormous events that capture the world’s attention.
Even if you’re not into that, following the cinema trail is a fun spin on an already incredible adventure. You’ll be immersed in movie culture and get to meet interesting people from all over the globe. Let’s take a closer look at all the festivals that can whirl you around the world this year.
It’s no secret that Sundance Film Festival is an integral part of movie culture. This festival was founded in 1981 and was set out to let independent filmmakers shine. Between Park City and Salt Lake City, there is more than plenty to do. Ski your way through the slopes in Park City (it’s even better at Christmas time, trust us), or if you are in Salt Lake City, get familiar with the past at the National History Museum of Utah.
Park City and Salt Lake City, USA
19th – 29th January
Located in the capital of stunning Germany is the Berlin International Film Festival. Also known as the Berlinale, it is one of the largest public film festivals in the world. Showcased across eleven days, this festival presents 400 films each year. Films vary in length and genre. When you’re not soaking up the culture in film, stroll and peruse your way through the Markthalle Neun. Like everything in Berlin, this market is rich in history; these markets opened in the late 19th century. Here you’ll find everything from street food to coffee and cheese.
16th – 26th February
Potentially the most well-known and anticipated film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival is highly exclusive. Staying on theme with its swank, the Cannes Film Festival is invitation-only. It’s filled with a plethora of star-studded celebrities. Although you may not get access to the festival, you can still sit back, relax and watch a classic movie – or spy a few celebrities on their down-time. The Cinema Le Majestic is located near the festival and has seating for 1,000 with three movie screens. Seriously, could a movie get any better?
Cannes isn’t a place to be missed and should be a mainstay on your destination list for your round the world trip. You’ll be in the stunning French Riviera, so if you’re into scenic views, we promise it won’t disappoint.
Strutting into its 80th year, the Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival, dating back to the start of 1932. Among all of the worldwide film festivals, it is also one of the most prestigious. Venice, more commonly known as the floating city, is an unbelievable destination. Not only does it have striking views, but it’s filled with rich culture, a dedication to the arts and incredible food. If you’re into your architecture, then don’t miss visiting Saint Mark’s Basilica: this cathedral is huge and filled with deep-rooted history, and it’s free to enter. We’ll be adding Venice to our next round the world trip.
Lido di Venezia, Italy
30th August – 9th September
Right around the time of the Oscars, the Toronto Film Festival or more commonly known as TIFF, is not one to be missed. Films screened at TIFF occasionally go on to win Oscars, such as American Beauty and Slumdog Millionaire. Nestled in the incredible location of Toronto, Canada, TIFF is a great festival to be a part of as it includes screening, lectures, discussions from cast members, workshops and a variety of other events to keep the festival goers entertained.
Toronto has so much to offer when you’re not immersing yourself in the arts. You can even take a day trip to Niagara Falls and be blown away by the incredible sights. That’s a big yes from us!
9th – 18th September
Which one (or few) will you pick? In an ideal world, we would make an appearance at each. Similar to planning your trip around the world’s must-see events, it’s always handy to have a few helpful tips along the way. Don’t worry, Airfare Geeks has got you covered.
Now, of course, the geeks are here to be your go-to guide, but we also highly recommend doing your research before picking which festival/s you want to attend. Read reviews of previous years and see what movies and genres naturally pique your interest.
As you would arrive for an iconic sporting event, make sure you get there early. Be organised and ready to go. That way, you won’t miss the start of your movie or, worse, be the ones to walk in late.
We’re specialist travel agents, so planning is our thing – it’s key to travelling abroad. If you plan adequately, you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the latest indie film without any distractions. We recommend visiting the website of your film festival and gathering all of the necessary details, including what’s on, ticketing requirements and local travel. From there, make a list of your must-sees. Then you won’t end up missing out on anything.
Film festivals are a great way to add extra excitement to your round the world trip. If you need expert advice from our specialist travel agents, get in touch. Our team can help you plan and ensure your seamless travel experience, so your hardest decision will be picking where to go.
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