Take in three of the city’s famed sites (St Mark’s basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Torre dell’Orologio clock tower) while enjoying an gelato.
See the world and enjoy a fabulous flick at the same time
The One For Hipsters
The vibe: Robert Redford’s 11-day festival in January draws the hippest crowd from Hollywood. Tarantino, Kevin Smith and Darren Aronofsky are just some of the directors who are said to have kickstarted their careers in Utah.
The venue: This mountain resort in Park City shows black comedies, art-house dramas and show-stopping documentaries in a variety of quirky venues, including gyms.
The guests: It pulls in the A-list – Matt Damon, Chloe Sevigny and Johnny Depp.
The must-do: Hit the slopes during the day, then settle back to watch your favourite flick in the evening.
The One For Travel Addicts
ADVENTURE TRAVEL FILM FESTIVAL
The vibe: An adrenalin-fix from start to finish. This travelling festival that takes place in Australia in February and the UK in August receives more than 100 movie submissions from amateur film makers. These mini adventures are showcased alongside talks by inspiring speakers and authors and live music.
The venue: In Australia, the film festival has chosen the picturesque Bright Brewery in Victoria’s Great Alpine Valley, while in the UK, it shows its flicks at possibly the leafiest area of London – Mill Hill School.
The guests: Founders of the festival, adventure motorcyclists Lois Pryce and Austin Vince; co-founder of Lonely Planet Tony Wheeler and an array of adrenalin addicts such as Chris Scott and Anna McNuff.
The must-do: Attend one of the free workshops where adventure photographers and travel writers will tell you how you can take the perfect adventure photograph or organise crowdfunding for your next expedition.
The One For Glamour Lovers
The vibe: An art-house version of the Oscars. What makes it special is that anyone can summit a film and every submission has a chance to be seen by big players in the movie industry. During the 12-day festival in May, the shortlisted movies vie for the famed Palme d’Or award. Recent winners have included ‘Winter Sleep’ – a tragicomedy set in Turkey’s Anatolian steppe. However, this doesn’t mean that the festival is free of that Oscar razzle dazzle – as Schwarzenegger demonstrated when he drove down the Cannes’ high street in a tank to promote Expendables 3.
The venue: The festival includes black-tie screenings, movies on the beach and even Cannes in a Van – a team from the UK showing independent movies from the back on a van has been spotted.
The guests: The French town is a magnet for the beautiful people. Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Cate Blanchett have all been seen on the red carpet.
The must-do: Spot the A-list at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez, which has a jawdropping view of La Croisette promenade.
The One For Celeb Watching
The vibe: The world’s oldest film festival is still holding its own by launching its event with a Hollywood blockbuster.
The venue: The festival that takes place at Lido island in September. This 11km-strip of sand has also been known to star in movies, including The English Patient, Casino Royale and probably, rather unsurprisingly A Death in Venice, as Thomas Mann wrote his famed book here too.
The guests: Hollywood’s A-list all catch a speedboat over to the island. And as George Clooney has a hideaway at nearby Lake Como, he’s happy to hang out there.
The must-do: Get a culture fix in St Mark’s Square. Take in three of the city’s famed sites (St Mark’s basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Torre dell’Orologio clock tower) while enjoying an gelato or two.
The One That’s A Secret
The vibe: See US premieres of Oscar potentials. This may be a small town, but it has big plans. What they will be showing is all very hush hush, so visitors have to book their trip to Colorado on the Labour Day weekend in September without knowing what they are going to see when they get there.
The venue: Once you’ve paid the hefty entry fee (USD$390 – check), you can see thought-provoking flicks such as The King’s Speech and Brokeback Mountain.
The guests: Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen have been spotted at the festival. Tom Cruise could have been a visitor as he’s got a home there, but as he just put it on the market for a cool $59 million.
The must-do: You’re in the mountains, so breathe in that fresh mountain air and hit the trails.