Cannes Film Festival bosses sign gender equality pledge

15 May, 2018, 13:13 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Cannes Film Festival 2018 Cate Blanchett Michael B Jordan and Marion Cotillard make appearances on Day 6

The trio and French actress Lea Seydoux, who are all members of the jury at this year's event, with Cate acting as president, oversaw proceedings as Cannes director Thierry Fremaux and his colleagues Edouard Waintrop, Charles Tesson and Paolo Moretti formally promised to promote equality and greater inclusivity.

"Today, 82 of our sisters gathered on the steps of the @festivaldecannes to symbolise the number of women who have been featured in the festival's competition over its 71-year history", the Time's Up movement posted alongside a snapshot of the moment on its Instagram page. The 2018 Cannes Film Festival is the first to happen after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations came out and the 82 women participating in the protest called for equal pay and equal representation in the film industry. In those same years, 1,866 male directors have done the same.

While there has been buzz around Bella Hadid and The Weeknd's reunion in the French city and the festival's selfie-free red carpet, the main talk of Cannes Film Festival has been its badass female jury. Jerome Paillard Executive Director, Marche Du Film Festival, Cannes Film Market stated that Indian Pavilion is a very important tool to help connecting the worldwide European and worldwide community of films.

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"The prestigious Palme d'Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors, too numerous to mention by name, but only two female directors", the Carol star said in a statement, according to The Independent. "We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination to change and progress". 82 women stood in silence to highlight the lack of female directors at the festival. Aspiring actresses appear on and off the red carpet in see-through or low-cut dresses in the hopes of attracting the attention of male producers, directors, talent scouts and photographers.

The pledge was drawn up by the French gender equality group 50/50 en 2020, along with members of the Time's Up movement. 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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