For your next great escape come with Talk Cinema to a film festival. Step out of the familiar into a film immersion. Journey to a superb destination, and be among the first to discover the next great film or actor. We'll take you there!
Since 1992, Talk Cinema's Film Festival Travel Program has offered movie lovers and travel aficionados a perfect double play. Marrying hosted travel with the expert guidance to navigate a professional film festival results in a memorable experience: a chance to uncover the riches of a city with a knowledgeable, conversant guide while benefiting from an organized approach to understanding and immersing oneself in new cinema. Film fest as organizing thread for travel has proven to be a successful way for cinephiles and cine-newbies alike to maximize their vacation time - touring by day, new cinema by night. International film festivals draw international guests and artists, a powerful value-added to a touring vacation.
Talk Cinema trips attract enthusiastic, energetic adults who are open to what the cinema frontier has to offer. These tours are coordinated and hosted by Harlan Jacobson who has, since the program's inception, been teacher-guide-leader-host to hundreds of travelers, some of whom have been to as many as 7 different film festivals with Talk Cinema Travels. Every morning over breakfast briefings, Jacobson provides guidance, perspective, wit and wisdom about the host city and what the film festival line-up may yield: what to see, what to look for, where to turn left and when to turn right.
Each destination has its own unique flavor, complexion and daily rhythm: Montreal has its French infused history and culture with a film program that offers enormous discovery opportunities - many films will not get US distribution but are wonderful and worthy; no destination rivals Iceland for sheer natural beauty and cultural primacy with a film festival that delivers up the best of the fests; Palm Springs' unique program niche is to screen films that are being forwarded by their country of origin for consideration by US Academy Arts and Sciences for best foreign language picture.
Sebastian, Spain: September 17-23, 2015
According to The New York Times … “To visit San Sebastián is to fall in love. The first sight of the shimmering scallop-shaped bay, replete with crescents of golden sand and turquoise waves, will sweep you off your feet.“ Layer on the 63rd international film festival – a cross between The Cannes Film Festival and Venice in its ability to attract exciting new international films and glamorous stars set in a fabulous resort town – what could be better? Great sights, great eats, gorgeous venue and a great new hotel … with Harlan and Susan Jacobson as your hosts and guides!
Cartagena, Colombia: March 2-7, 2016
Founded in 1533, Cartagena has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. This enchanting ancient walled city is immensely welcoming and walkable city, with scores of wonderful restaurants and boutiques. The film festival, in its 56th year, is one of the most established film festivals in the world, with an emphasis on Central and South American Cinema.
"I travel frequently and globally. My three journeys with Talk Cinema have been exciting, diverse--combining touring and film screening--and moderately priced. Harlan and Susan are attentive and caring hosts. Group size is limited and flexible scheduling provides opportunities for group activities as well as individual exploration. Travel and great movies, what a wonderful combination!"
- Jeanne C., Chicago, IL
"Jack and I are back home safely and soundly with terrific memories of our trip to Cuba. Havana was everything that Susan said it would be, and even more. We learned a lot and saw so many interesting sights. We enjoyed the Paladars, the music everywhere, and the artists' studios. It truly was a most unique opportunity to see a country that we never dreamed we would visit. We love the idea of combining our interest in films with foreign travel, so we are very grateful for your opening so many interesting
doors for us. "
-Karen F. , Falls Church, VA
"We had a fabulous time in Cuba, we learned so much, what an incredible experience. It was a very special trip on so many different levels-- films, art, FOOD, mojitos, politically and more mojitos! We enjoyed being with like-minded cinema folks and it was fun getting to know Harlan."
-Carol and Ernie A., Phoenix, AZ