Cannes leaders sign gender equality plegde following protest

  • Cannes leaders sign gender equality plegde following protest

Cannes leaders sign gender equality plegde following protest

The 82 women walked arm in arm down the red carpet to protest at gender inequality and was organised by a French group called 5050×2020 who want gender equality in the French film industry by 2020.

The leaders of the Cannes Film Festival have signed a gender equality pledge promising to make their selection process more transparent and to push their executive boards toward gender parity.

The two women were joined by a range of others from the global film community - fellow jury members Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay, actresses Salma Hayek and Marion Cotillard, directors Patty Jenkins and Haifaa Al Mansour, and CAA talent agents Hylda Queally and Maha Dakhil. Only 82 female directors have competed for the top Palme d'Or prize since 1946 compared with almost 1,700 male directors.

"We hope that Cannes will welcome these new initiatives", said Fremaux.

The move stems from a red carpet protest by 82 female actors, writers, directors, and producers at the festival on Friday.

We WILL DEMAND that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so that they can best reflect the world in which we actually live. In contrast, 1,866 male directors have been selected in the festival's 71-year history.

Cannes director Thierry Fremaux signed the pledge in front of a large crowd as the nine-member jury, which included Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay, watched on from the front row.

It was drawn up by French gender parity movement 5050x2020, which also spearheaded Saturday protest. "The world has changed". Only one female director, Jane Campion, has won the festival's top award, the Palme d'Or.

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

For reference, this year's Cannes Film Festival only has three films from female directors competing in a pool of 18. The attendees broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the Hollywood actress after the signing.