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.
Film festival travel provides a unique entrée to every city and culture we visit… our travelers have a chance to fully explore the riches of the host city while taking in new world cinema with locals and other international travelers. Talk Cinema Travels has been hosting guided tours to film festivals around the world since 1992. Let us be your travel host for your next visit … brief descriptions of our upcoming destinations follows. For more information contact Susan Jacobson, 800-551-9221.
Havana, Cuba: December 5-12, 2015
Traveling to Cuba since 2000, Harlan Jacobson is your best guide for an amazing cultural immersion, with guided tours each day and evenings filled with movies, music, dancing and dining. Itinerary highlights include an architectural tour, meeting artists in their studios, and attending the international film festival. Limited spaces still available.
Santa Barbara, CA: February 5-9, 2016 (dates
to be finalized)
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival annually screens over 200 films, including more than 50 US Premieres and 25 World Premieres. The festival is also known for its prestigious Tribute honor which counts Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton among recent recipients, as well as the acclaimed Panel series, where accomplished industry leaders come together for lively and revealing discussions, making the festival a key stop in the award season race.
Cartagena, Colombia: March 2-7, 2016
Founded in 1533, Cartagena has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. This enchanting ancient walled city is an immensely welcoming and walkable city, with scores of wonderful restaurants and boutiques. The film festival, in its 57th year, is one of the most established film festivals in the world, with an emphasis on Central and South American Cinema.
Jerusalem, Israel July 13-19, 2016 (dates to be finalized)
Now in its 33rd year, the Jerusalem International Film festival screens nearly 200 films in 10 days -- showcasing the best of international and Israeli feature films. Our visit will include guided tours of Jerusalem and a swim in the Dead Sea. (An optional add on to visit Petra, Jordan can be arranged). Whether your first visit to Israel, or the most recent of many, the film festival offers an exceptional organizing thread for a visit to this most remarkable nation.
Locarno, Switzerland August 3-9, 2016 (dates to be
Throughout its 68 year history, the Locarno International Film Festival has occupied a unique position in the landscape of the major film festivals. Thousands of film lovers from around the world converge on restful and exotic Locarno, just 90 minutes from Milan. Every evening the town square turns into a giant outdoor movie palace. Situated on Lake Maggiore, Locarno, with its Mediterranean flora and panoramic summits, is absolutely stunning. In addition to the scores of great discovery films on view, you won’t want to miss a boat ride to nearby Ascona or add a day to your trip to visit historic Lake Como or romantic Lugano.
San Sebastian, Spain: September 2016 (dates to be finalized)
The New York Times writes “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 64th international film festival – a cross between The Cannes Film Festival and Venice in its ability to attract exciting new international films set in a fabulous resort town – what could be better? Great sights, sensational cuisine, state of the art screening venues, a great new hotel, and a day trip to visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao – we loved our 2015 visit and can’t wait to return.
Reykjavik, Iceland: September 2016 (dates to be
Release the Viking Within You ... Reykjavik is purely cinematic ... meet the legendary storytellers, explore the American-Eurasian tectonic plates, treat yourself to the powers of volcanically heated, glacially cooled baths by day and see the best of new world cinema by night, then prowl the nights if you have that many bars in your battery. A 5 hour flight from New York, this tiny island paradise exists on the edge ...cinema, culture, cuisine - a fantastic escape that restores and renews.
A minimum of 10 travelers is required before a tour can be confirmed. Please do not obtain any non-refundable air travel before Talk Cinema has confirmed your trip.. In the event that the tour is not confirmed, your registration fees will be returned in full. Once the trip is confirmed, registration fees are non-refundable. Travel insurance/ trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. We recommended Travel Guard; follow the Travel Guard icon on the Talk Cinema homepage for premium costs and coverages.
"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