Women take over the red carpet at Cannes

Women take over the red carpet at Cannes

"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise", Blanchett said.

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.

Led by president of the Cannes Film Festival Jury, Cate Blanchett, this year's panel is dominated by some impressive female names including actresses Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, director Ava DuVernay, artist Khadja Nin as well as male directors Robert Guediguian, Denis Villenueve, Andrewy Zvyagintsev and Taiwanese actor Chang Chen. 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.

It was drawn up by French gender parity movement 5050x2020, which also spearheaded Saturday protest.

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux joined others Monday in signing a new campaign to improve gender parity at worldwide film festivals, it's been reported.

The result? An unprecedented move by the Cannes Film Festival to pledge its commitment to parity and diversity.

Joining Fremaux in signing the pledge was Director's Fortnight director Paolo Moretti and Critics' Week director Charles Tesson, both of whom made promises to improve gender equality in Cannes' biggest sidebars.

Mr Fremaux said: "We hope that Cannes will welcome these new initiatives". "The world has changed".

It brought an array of film industry professionals to the Cannes red carpet, including actresses Salma Hayek and Jane Fonda, "Wonder Woman" filmmaker Patty Jenkins and French director Agnes Varda, a recipient of an honorary Palme d'Or at Cannes. Jane Campion is the only female filmmaker to ever win the Palme. But he's also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced.

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