- The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival began this week.
- The Cannes Film Festival attracts Hollywood’s elite and is known for stunning red carpet moments and wild nightlife.
- Cannes is also known for its expenses, from $2 million-plus in security to $1 million outfits.
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The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival began earlier this week.
With a reputation for glamour and glitz, the prestigious film festival attracts some of Hollywood’s most notable players for 12 days every May. According to Alissa Wilkinson of Vox, Cannes creates its exclusive status by showing a limited number of films, offering awards by well-known juries, and maintaining the world’s largest film market.
It’s also an industry-only festival, meaning there aren’t tickets for the general public, which only adds to Cannes’ allure. Credentials are granted to those in the film industry after they apply and get accepted, Vox said.
Among Cannes’ staples are star-studded red carpet moments, lavish events, and high-end budgets. At Cannes, you can’t celebrate a new film or film deal without dropping a bit of money — think parties on $200 million yachts, $1 million outfits, and more than $2 million in security for the stars.
Here’s a look at the money behind one of the biggest events for Hollywood’s elite from three different perspectives: hosting an event; attending as a celebrity; and promoting a film as a production house.
Celebrity Fashion: Any movie — indie or studio — typically pays at least $500,000 to $1 million in expenses at the festival.
That includes billboards for movies, which can cost anywhere from $100,000 to more than $108,000, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Also included in that total is a reported average of $100,000 per person for travel and lodging.
Celebrity Fashion: Hotel Barrière Le Majestic is one luxury hotel where stars stay. The hotel’s most expensive suites, the Christian Dior Suite and Suite Majestic, ring in at $33,561 and $44,749 a night, respectively.
Designed by Christian Dior’s interior decorator, the Christian Dior suite features two suites, a panoramic terrace, lounge, and dining room.
The 4,843-square-foot Suite Majestic penthouse boasts a 1,614-square-foot terrace with views of the Palais des Festivals, Lérins islands and the Estérel mountain range. Exclusive amenities include a home cinema, dressing room, personal dining room, fitness center, counter-current pool, and a dedicated butler.
Celebrity Fashion: But those aren’t Cannes’ only events — there’s a lot happening after hours, too.
Beach party venues — including drinks, food, laser lights, photographer, and music — average $150,000, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Celebrity Fashion: Tickets for the Amfar Cinema Against Aids charity benefit reportedly cost around $64,360 a piece, according to Mirror.
Celebrity Fashion: There are also plenty of parties on yachts worth as much as $400 million, according to The Telegraph.
Billionaire producer Bill Geffen’s 452-foot yacht is known as being the central point of the festival, Celia Walden wrote for The Telegraph in 2015.
Some people also hire small yachts for lodging during the festival, paying around $128,000 to $386,000.
Celebrity Fashion: Equally as lavish is red carpet fashion, where a single red carpet look can cost up to $1 million.
Celebrity Fashion: And then there’s the cost of security, which can, by some reports, exceed $2 million per movie.
It cost more than $2,500,000 for security to promote The Expendables 3 with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford in 2014.
Celebrity Fashion: The Palme d’Or, the festival’s most coveted prize, costs $27,000 to make.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trophy features a block of crystal covered in 24-karat gold.