As soon as the weather turns pleasant, Parisians dream and scheme about ways to get out of Paris. If you love movies, there are a number of film festivals during spring and summer. I’ve never been to the Cannes Film Festival but last summer I went to the La Rochelle International Film Festival which will be held this year from July 1st to July 11th in La Rochelle which overlooks the Atlantic. For silent film fans, there’ll be a Louise Brooks retrospective. What I really loved about the La Rochelle festival was its ACCESSIBILITY.
We were able to book an inexpensive hotel in the center of town within walking distance to the festival theaters. The cost of screening tickets was reasonable and plenty of seats were available. Unlike the hoopla of some festivals which are created more for those in the industry to see and be seen, this is one festival that has retained the spirit of celebrating film viewing.
Being in La Rochelle is the icing on the cake – it’s an ideal film setting to create your own film, make great photos or begin writing the screenplay you’ve been dreaming about for years.