One of the main reasons why film festivals attract so much media attention is due to the celebrities who attend them. The higher profile festivals such as Cannes are regularly patronized by well-known faces. There are several celebrities who have made the headlines on multiple occasions thanks to their film festival appearances.
Tarantino is one of the most popular film directors of modern times. He will often screen his new movies at festivals before they get publicly released. Journalists like to interview Tarantino because he is an outspoken character and responds well to questions. His debut movie was Reservoir Dogs which was first screened at the Sundance Festival. Over the years, Tarantino has continued to make movies that have his trademark witty dialogue and intense violence. Some of the best examples include Kill Bill, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.
Waters started out as a controversial low budget filmmaker. He divided audiences in the 1970s with transgressive movies such as Pink Flamingos and Multiple Maniacs. More recently he has become recognized as a fun media personality, author and raconteur. John Waters is sometimes invited as a guest or judge at film festivals. He is considered an important face in the film community. Fellow director Werner Herzog has called him “the boldest of the bold”.
Swinton is an English actress and model who has had an impressive career. She tends to take on roles for indie movies. This has meant that she is regularly seen at festivals walking the red carpet. In 2018 she starred in the horror art film, Suspiria. She played three separate characters in a performance that was praised by critics. She has also appeared in I Am Love, Burn After Reading and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The American actress Julianne Moore has also been commended by critics for her decades in the industry. She played FBI agent Clarice Starling in the horror sequel Hannibal. Another memorable role was as the eccentric Maude in the comedy film The Big Lebowski. Like Tilda Swinton, Moore has also been photographed on the red carpet at film festivals numerous times. This has included Cannes, Sundance and the BFI festival.
DiCaprio started out as a teenage heartthrob in movies such as Critters 3. However, as an adult, he has become an icon of the industry. His lead role in Titanic made him a worldwide star. He has continued to establish himself as a talented actor with performances in The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Revenant. DiCaprio has appeared in both big-budget Hollywood films and smaller independent ones.
In recent years Bill Murray has attained a high level of admiration from younger viewers. They will know him from the Ghostbusters film series, as well as his appearances in Wes Anderson films. Murray is known for his mischievous sense of humor and interactions with fans. During the 2000s he began to favor indie movies and continues to do so ever since.