The Festival's survival guide

Les Arcs European Film Festival takes place in the middle of the mountain at 2,000m of altitude during winter. It is the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Alps, which look splendid under the snow and stunning under the sun. Time has come to give you some tips on how to be a perfect festival-goer in the mountains.

  • Warm and waterproof clothes are compulsory. At 1950m high, it may be very (very) cold.  Luckily, screening theatres are cosy and heated.
  • In the mountains, one dresses according to the weather. Boots and Gore-Tex shoes are very fashionable. Snow is cold and humid.Do not forget to waterproof your shoes and wear warm socks.
  • Do not forget to put spare shoes in a bag so that you can wear them in the screening room instead of your quite uncomfortable ski boots.
  • Avoid wearing smooth leather shoes , unless you wish to become an ice-skater.
  • Sun glasses are essential. When the weather is fine, sun glasses will protect you from the sun. One other tip: sunscreen cream will protect your skin from cold, even though the sun doe nots shine too hard at this time of the year.
  • To warm up, nothing is better than go indoors and drink a hot beverage (no mulled wine or grog for the youngest, a hot chocolate will be fine). Do not forget that children must drink on a regular basis. In the mountains, one quickly dehydrates because air is dry.
Transports in Bourg-Saint-Maurice / Les Arcs
  • If you are coming by car, access to Arc 1800 and Arc 1950 is not free (unless you stay less than 4 hours in Arc 1800.)
  • Snow equipments (tires or chains) are mandatory. If you do not have any, the police can forbid you from driving in the resort.
  • Free inter-resort shuttles are running all day long. It takes you about 5 to 20 minutes to go from on site to the other. It is cheaper, greener and friendlier than travelling alone in one’s car... but it is up to you. 
  • Skiing may also be a means of transportation. Nevertheless, be aware that ski lifts close after the last screening every day. 
  • The funical connecing Bourg-Saint-Maurice to les Arcs is closed at night after the last screening. Screenings have however been scheduled in every site of the resort to ensure every one’s entertainment. 
Ticket and welcoming office
  • Tickets, pass and accreditations are being sold in the Coeur d'Or film theatre in Bourg-Saint-Maurice, in the official screening room Bernard Taillefer in Arc 1800 and in the Manoir Savoie in Arc 1950, before the festival’s screenings. Do not hesitate to ask festival’s staff for more information.. 
  • The shop of the festival is located in the centre Bernard Taillefer in Arc 1800. DVDs, books and festival’s goodies are being sold there. 
  • In-between the screenings you can go for a soup a sandwich or even oysters in the festival’s refreshment area in the centre Bernard Taillefer. Hot and cold drinks also on sale.
Going out in Bourg-Saint-Maurice / Les Arcs
  • Most of the shops and restaurants will be open. Pass or accreditation holders can benefit from special offers.
  • The festival and night clubs of Les Arcs offer many parties to complete the festival’s triptych: Ski, Cinema and Parties!
  • You can also visit the market in Bourg-Saint-Maurice on Saturday morning, the baroque churches of the valley or the Arpin textile mill, shop at the milk cooperative or taste some Beaufort cheese... Many other ideas to be found at the tourist information centre.
Ecology and environment
  • In Les Arcs, festival-goers come from everywhere in Europe, by plane or car. The team of the festival also prints a lot of documents – always on recycled paper. This is why we chose to compensate our carbon emissions by donating to an association – named “Action Carbone” – in charge of planting trees and supporting acts aiming at reducing carbon emissions. 
  • As a festival-goer, you can preserve the mountain. Do not throw your trash in the nature or ski tracks. Use the public transportations. In a nutschell, be responsible. 

We wish you a great festival !