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Cannes Film Festival chiefs sign gender equality charter

Cannes Film Festival chiefs sign gender equality charter

Initiated by 5050 X 2020 organisation, which also spearheaded 82 women red carpet protest over the weekend, the charter is officially entitled the Programming Pledge for Parity and Inclusion in Cinema Festivals.

Eighty two film industry professionals stand on the steps of the Palais des Festivals to represent, what they describe as pervasive gender inequality in the film industry, at the 71st global film festival, Cannes, southern France, on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Organized by gender equality movement 50/50 by 2020, Ava DuVernay, Jane Fonda, and "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins were among the group that walked in silence along the red carpet before stopping halfway up the steps of the entrance to the Palais des Festivals. 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.

The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival's seven-decade history.

Cate, who is jury president at this year's Cannes Film Festival, also enjoyed an outfit change before attending the HFPA party later the same day.

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"As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress", read part of the statement.

"We hope that it will reinforce the realization that the world is not the same anymore", Fremaux said.

"Women are not a minority in the world, and yet our industry says the opposite", Blanchett said from the top of the Palais steps, alongside French filmmaker Agnes Varda.

Other film festivals have more aggressively pursued gender parity, including the Tribeca Film Festival, which touted its percentage of female filmmakers — 46 percent — last month.

In the past, Fremaux had gone on record supporting affirmative-action-style moves to increase the number of women involved in the process, but had opposed the enforcement of any kind of gender bias in the selection of films for the festival. Husson is one of three female filmmakers out of the 21 movies in competition for the Palme d'Or this year.