Cannes' leaders sign pledge to improve gender equality

Cannes' leaders sign pledge to improve gender equality

The same worldwide coalition was behind Saturday's rally on the red carpet steps of Cannes' Palais des Festivales, where 82 women protested gender inequality in the film industry. Looking on from the front row were members of this year's nine-person jury, among them Kristen Stewart and jury president Cate Blanchett, both of whom took part in Saturday's protest.

Organizers said the event was orchestrated by the Time's Up movement and the French movement known as 5020×2020 to show "how hard it is still to climb the social and professional ladder" for women.

The pledge, which will now go to additional film festivals around the world, does not require that the festival books a specific percentage of films directed by women, though it was drawn up to produce that effect.

As 5050×2020 made note prior to the red carpet protest on May 13, only 82 films directed by women have competed for the Palme d'Or in Cannes' 71-year history. According to ScreenDaily, the pledge calls for Cannes to push for parity on their executive boards, compile statistics on the gender of the filmmakers and key crew members for all films submitted to the festival, and increase selection transparency by making the names of selection committee members public.

ICSE, ISC results to be declared at 3 pm today
Reportedly, the board will announce the ICSE and ISC results after a press conference at the Council's Noida office. Earlier, the pass percentages were 35 per cent and 40 per cent for ICSE and ISC students, respectively.

"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise", she declared. We hope that it will reinforce the realisation that the world is not the same anymore.

Cannes has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years over the number of female directors selected into its main slate, considered one of the most esteemed achievements in cinema.

Cannes is first film festival to signed the pledge but it is expected that others will follow suit. "We are happy that Thierry Fremaux is such a strong supporter". Jane Campion is the only female filmmaker to ever win the Palme. The 2018 festival has 21 directors in competition but only three are women: Eve Husson ("Girls of the Sun"), Nadine Labaki ("Capernaum"), and Alice Rohrwacher ("Lazarro Felice").

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