Cannes film festivsl chiefs sign gender equality charter

Cannes leaders sign gender equality plegde following protest

However, in its long and established history, the Cannes Film Festival has only officially selected works by 82 female directors.

The march was a part of the 5050 2020 In Cannes movement where on the 14 May, there will be a signing of a Pledge for Parity and Inclusion in cinema festivals.

The latest news comes after Blanchett led an extraordinary women's march in Cannes over the weekend; the actress was joined by 81 female actors and executives on the steps of the red carpet during the screening of Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil).

Their signatures hit the page just two days after 82 female film industry figures staged a red-carpet protest at the world-famous French film festival, demanding an end to gender imbalance in the film industry.

Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, and Ava DuVernay were all present as Cannes Film Festival chiefs signed a charter pledging gender parity on Monday (14May18). Let's create many mini Cannes film festivals all over the world to help more and more filmmakers, said Mr. Prasoon Joshi, Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification India.

Filmmaker Rohena Gera, who was among the 82 women who protested against gender gap at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, says it was a very moving experience to express solidarity against the "barriers" that women face across the world in different ways.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, who was due to inaugurate the India Pavilion at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, skipped the event where a delegation of filmmakers and artistes are making strides to push the country's regional films and further collaborations with other countries.

"We are 82 women, representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946". Only one woman has ever taken home the top prize: Jane Campion for "The Piano" in 1993. Two films by Indian filmmakers - Nandita Das' "Manto" and Rohena Gera's "Sir" - are in separate competition sections at the gala, one of the most prestigious film jamborees around the world.

The signing of the pledge coincided with 2018 jury head Blanchett's birthday.

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