Tourism Ireland

Tips for Attending a Film Festival

by Akhil Kalepu

Jul 10, 2015

Outdoor Screening at the Cannes Film Festival © Tatouata | Dreamstime

Tips / Travel

Whether it’s a local festival or one of the brand-name events, be sure to follow these tips to get the most of your film festival experience.


Plan Ahead

With simultaneous screenings being held at multiple venues, you’re going to have to pick and choose which ones you want to see the most. With minimal time between screenings, get a map to calculate the logistics of running from theater to theater. Some festivals will have shuttles available, but be cautious of third party busses and taxis unless you can confirm the schedule/destination.


Be Friendly

There are plenty of volunteers happy to give advice and direct you to the correct venue. You’re probably going to have to wait in line, which is a great chance to meet some fellow cinephiles, trade festival tips and hear about screenings that you missed.


Don’t Miss Out

Getting on a waitlist might grant you access to that screening everyone wants to see. Also, don’t be afraid to catch a matinee flick, which is more enjoyable if you like smaller crowds.


Go Obscure

It’s not uncommon to see big blockbusters premier at independent film festivals, so if you’re buying individual tickets, go outside the box and find something that isn’t going to get on Netflix for a while. Boyhood was one of the late submissions for 2014’s Sundance Film Festival, and it was never sold out despite being one of the year’s best films.


Get Out of the Box

If you have a ticket package, be sure to make time for non-theater events like writer panels, musical performances, swag showcases and more.



Insta Feed
Products / Clothing
Apr 23, 2019

Top Lightweight Coats for Spring

As spring comes around in full force, people opt for a lighter coat that can protect them from the wind and rain of the season. In the beginning, there are still cold days to get through, but, as the weather shifts, it becomes more unpredictable with bouts of rain and sunshine. This unpredictable weather can make it hard to know how to dress properly, but it’s always a safe bet to own a couple light and versatile jackets to get through the season. Lightweight coats don’t need to be expensive to be effective. Many buyers will opt to buy less expensive coats because they don’t get used often. However, any coat purchased for spring weather will also be useful in the fall.

ATL Skypointe

Beyond being a major hub in the global transportation network, Hartsfield-Jackson is also proud to be a major hub for exciting, high-quality retail options through our award-winning concessions program, ATL Skypointe.

Under $100 / Europe
Apr 22, 2019

Under $100: Beauduen, France

The cozy lakeside town of Beauduen is a fantastic place to spend a few days in summer. Here’s how to experience it on a budget.

Trends / History
Apr 22, 2019

The Story of the Pont de Avignon

The city of Avignon is home to a famous bridge immortalized in a French children’s song, but why is it so famous?

Leave Troublesome Rideshare Worries Behind

We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.

Trends / Top Trends
Apr 22, 2019

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2019

If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the last place you want to head is Mexico. While the holiday is associated with all things Mexican (or, at least, the American interpretation of all things Mexican, from the tacos to the tequila shots), the country’s celebrations aren’t as popular as what you’ll find stateside. Here are six places to go without leaving the country for an awesome Cinco de Mayo 2019.