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82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest

15 May 2018, 10:45 | Max Haynes

Cannes leaders sign gender equality plegde following protest

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Cate Blanchett Michael B Jordan and Marion Cotillard make appearances on Day 6

On Monday morning, high-ranking representatives from the Cannes Film Festival signed a pledge to deliver more work by women filmmakers into the world-renowned film festival.

Since the launch of the Cannes Film Festival, only 82 films directed by women have been honoured by an official selection in competition, compared to 1,645 films directed by men, a ratio of less than five per cent.

The event was an about-face from festival director Thierry Fremaux, who said earlier this year that it was not Cannes' role to "organize #MeToo events ... because we don't have the skills or legitimacy to do so".

In her speech, Blanchett said 82 women were on the steps because that is the "number of female directors who have climbed these stairs" since Cannes' inception in 1946. "We hope that it will reinforce the realization that the world is not the same anymore". Watching from the front row was this year's nine-member jury, including President Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay and Lea Seydoux. "The world has changed".

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The Cannes representatives are the first to sign the Programming Pledge for Parity and Inclusion in Cinema Festivals, a document created by the French gender-parity group 50/50 by 2020. She was right. We are also adding our voices to the fight for equal pay. In the same period 1688 male directors have climbed these very same stairs.

14 de mayo de 2018, 13:43Paris, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Mexican film "Comprame un revolver"(Buy me a Gun) had today its world premiere in the Directors´ Fortnight of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, a movie based on the impact of drug trafficking on that society.

Its key commitments include the compilation of statistics to record the gender of the filmmakers and key crew of all submissions.

Cannes has been criticized over the years for the gender imbalance in films selected for screening at the festival. The attendees broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the Hollywood actress after the signing.



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