Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Cannes festival organizers sign pact for gender parity

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Cate Blanchett Michael B Jordan and Marion Cotillard make appearances on Day 6 5/6 Marion Cotillard at the premiere of the film 3 Faces. AP Marion Cotillard at the premiere of the film 3 Faces. AP
Ivan Hill | 15 May, 2018, 15:37

The 71 Cannes Film Festival this year which was in South France took 11 days, a red carpet marathon for the photographers.

"Women are not a minority in the world, and yet our industry says the opposite", Blanchett said from the top of the Palais steps, alongside French filmmaker Agnes Varda. In this occasion, Golden Palm Jury will be headed by the well known Australian actress Cate Blanchett, mainly composed by women, while the Certain Regard section will be headed by the Puerto Rican filmmaker Benicio Del Toro.

The number of women symbolizes the fact that, in the festival's 71-year history, only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women - a stark comparison to the more than 1,600 films in competition that were directed by men.

Now it seems Kristen Stewart, a member of this year's jury at the film festival, has flouted the ban on flat shoes - by instead going barefoot on the red carpet.

Speaking to reporters, Cate Blanchette made a powerful speech about the importance of the cause.

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According to The Indian Express, on May 16, the TITAN Reginald F. Lewis Film Awards held at Cannes will celebrate women from the film Industry all over the world. "We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination to change and progress".

Fremaux said he hoped that Cannes would embrace the new initiatives, which include a pledge to compile statistics tracking the gender of filmmakers and major crew members on all the films submitted to the festival.

The Cannes Film Festival has always been criticized for gender imbalance on its juries and in its film selection.

We WILL DEMAND that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so that they can best reflect the world in which we actually live.

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