iPhone apps for the Cannes Film Festival and getting around

Cannes iphone Our survey is complete and we are now analysing our results. So if you were one of the hundreds who took part, THANK YOU! And we will be announcing the winner of the complete Guerilla Film Makers Library very soon, in a very special way too (more on that in the next few weeks).

One of the questions we asked was how many of you use an iPhone – from our sample of film makers, it was just over 30%. The reason we asked is that we wanted to asses the viability of our Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook as an iPhone app. But it also gives us a sense of what technology you have in your pocket. Out of that thought, and weaving into our Cannes Workshop (if you want to come to Cannes and want someone to help you through the first steps, including meeting with you in Cannes, this is for you), we decided to do some research on Cannes iPhone apps too.

There are a handful that (to me at least) look like a generic interface with data pulled from Wikipedia. That’s all cool as I don’t really want to know the history of the town, or where a good restraint is located, what I really want is an offline GPS map (so no roaming charges). Cannes is quite small, but for the first few days, if you have an iPhone, I think a 59p investment for an offline dynamic GPS map is a great investment. I bought two to test, the ‘Cannes GSP Travel Guide’ and ‘iMapsPro Cannes’ (which is cheaper and has a better map). Of course I can’t test the GPS functions until I get there.

Remember, Cannes is a small town and you are unlikey to get lost, but for the first few days, finding the train station in a hurry or getting to the Petit Carlton after a drink or two, may well be helped by the little GPS friend in your hand called your iPhone.

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author

4 Responses to iPhone apps for the Cannes Film Festival and getting around

  1. Michael March 4, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Hi, our news stream is carried on the iRiviera iPhone app at http://bit.ly/dvjOa0. A version is also available for Android.

    In addition to the map, we cover news, gossip and add party/event news, etc. Plus you can connect with ppl in Cannes for the same reason as you.

    PS: I have the 2nd edition of your book on my shelf in front of me.

  2. Grant Swan March 4, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    There is a very good iPhone App for cannes called ‘iRiviera’.

    It does not hae mapping (but you have Google maps for that!).

    It pulls in alot of content about Cannes. Videos/ Tweets/ blog posts etc and has alot of interactive capabilities.

    It is the only really functional App i have seen for Cannes so far and its free.

    Link: http://bit.ly/dvjOa0

    (it is also on Android http://bit.ly/9DbmsS)

  3. zahra March 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Another small point to consider… some of us UK filmmakers get absolutely caned on data charges while there. I turn off the WiFi on my iPhone or it’s torture.

  4. Team Xomo May 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    You should check out the new FREE iPhone app covering the Cannes Film Festival. It lists hundreds of films with links to trailers, a comprehensive schedule and it even works off-line so you can avoid data charges.

    Download it here:

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