Film Festival Tours
Led by Harlan Jacobson and noted film critics and scholars
Discover exciting destinations include Cuba, Iceland, Israel, Switzerland, Spain and the U.S.
Each tour offers our signature mix of film going, sight-seeing, enjoying local cuisine and culture.
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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 and notable critics and scholars who have, since the program's inception, been teacher-guide-leader-host to hundreds of travelers, some of whom have been to as many as 10 different film festivals with Talk Cinema Travels. Our travel hosts provide guidance, perspective, wit and wisdom on what to see, what to look for, where to turn left and when to turn right.
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.
Cannes, France May 17-23, 2016
The American Pavilion, under the direction of Julie Sisk, and now in its 27th year as the American headquarters at the Cannes Film Festival, has offered Talk Cinema Travelers places in their upcoming 2016 Cannes Film Festival Immersion. This is the best way we’ve found for those of you who’ve asked us to get you to Cannes – entrée to films, accommodations close to the Palais, and a chance to experience the ultimate discovery festival as an industry insider – up close and personal with new filmmakers and established ones showcasing their newest work for the first time on the world’s largest and most important cinema stage.
San Sebastian, Spain: September 15-22, 2016
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 26 - October 2, 2016
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.
Havana, Cuba: December 3-10, 2016
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 available.
Santa Barbara, CA: February 7-12, 2017 ( final dates to be announced)
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 Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton among recent recipients, as well as Academy-nominated directors, making the festival an extremely satisfying trip for film lovers.
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