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

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

Looking on from the front row were members of this year's nine-person jury, among them Kristen Stewart and jury president Cate Blanchett, both of whom took part in Saturday's protest.

Canes: The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 was held at Cannes, France.

During the Inaugural address, Prasoon Joshi, Writer, Poet and Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification India said that we should also reach out to young filmmakers who might not have access to a festival like Cannes and should organize many mini Cannes film festivals all around the world to help more and more filmmakers.

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"We must question our history and our habits", the Cannes festival director added, calling on other global film festivals to follow suit.

The pledge, dubbed the "Programming Pledge for Parity and Inclusion in Cinema Festivals", was signed May 14 during an Cannes event hosted by 5050×2020, the French women's group behind the red carpet protest for gender equality earlier in the festival.

The fact that in the entire history of the Cannes film festival it was attended by only 82 of the film taken by the women, while of paintings, the Directors of which were men, it was presented 20 times more - 1688. Blanchett read a statement atop the Palais steps in English; Varda read it in French. Festival director Thierry Fremaux supported the march as a way for women "to affirm their presence".

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Fremaux has repeatedly insisted that the festival chooses its films purely based on quality. The prestigious Palme d'or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors - too numerous to mention by name - but only two women - Jane Campion, who is with us in spirit, and Agnès Varda who stands with us today.

Cannes has been criticized over the years for the gender imbalance in films selected for screening at the festival.

After the signing, filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski noted it was Blanchett's birthday, and attendees serenaded the actress with a rendition of "Happy Birthday".

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