Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Sridevi to be honoured at Cannes Film Festival

Sridevi to be honoured at Cannes Film Festival

The festival chiefs were said to have met with gender-parity groups from five different countries in Cannes, and now aim to reach out to additional film festivals around the world.

The Cannes Film Festival has already proven interesting this year with a female dominated jury that includes Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart that made headlines at their photocall.

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.

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Eighty-two women took to the red carpet in protest this past weekend over the low number of female filmmakers in competition at the world's biggest film festival. "In the same period, 1,688 male directors have climbed these very same stairs".

Kristen Stewart poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film BlacKkKlansman at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Lewis Film Awards held at Cannes will celebrate women from the film Industry all over the world. "We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination to change and progress".

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Another user tweeted, "Hooray for #KristenStewart taking off her high heels at Cannes, what a ludicrous rule!"

Festival bosses signed up to several pledges, including that they will compile statistics according to gender, that they will make the members of selection committees and programmers public, and to sign up to a schedule for equal representation on their executive bodies. Only one female director, Jane Campion in 1993, has received the Palme d'Or, though Varda won an honorary Palme d'Or in 2015.

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