India Pavilion At Cannes Film Festival Big Hit

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Cate Blanchett Michael B Jordan and Marion Cotillard make appearances on Day 6

4/6 Kendall Jenner at the premiere of the film Girls of The Sun. AP Kendall Jenner at the premiere of the film Girls of The Sun. AP

Cannes director Thierry Fremaux signed the pledge on Monday in a packed tent on the Cannes beach, along with two of the festival's artistic directors.

'We demand that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so they can best reflect the world in which we live, ' announced Cate Blanchett, calling for 'a world that allows all of us, in front and behind the camera, to thrive shoulder to shoulder with out male colleagues'.

"We must question our history and our habits", the Cannes festival director added, calling on other worldwide film festivals to follow suit.

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 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. Under the in the Directors Fortnight section, in 2012 her first film Gangs of Wasseypur was screened at Cannes.

Marianne Slot, Haifaa al-Mansour, Kirsten Stewart, Lea Seydoux, Khadja Nin, Ava DuVernay, Cate Blanchett, Agnes Varda and Celine Sciamma and Jeanne Lapoirie walk the red carpet.

This year, there are three female directors vying for the Palme d'Or: Nadine Labaki, Alice Rohrwacher and Eva Husson, the French filmmaker whose "Girls of the Sun" premiered Saturday immediately after the red carpet protest.

Jane Campion is the only female director to have won the Palme d'Or, for her 1993 film "The Piano".

"Even if there is a higher proportion of women showing films at Cannes, we're aware that it's not enough", said Mr Fremaux.

Cannes has been criticized over the years for the gender imbalance in films selected for screening at the festival. Of India, Hon'ble Ambassador of India to France, Ashok Kumar Parmar, Prasoon Joshi, Writer, Poet and Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification India, Vani Tripathi Tikoo Member, Central Board of Film Certification, Producer and Director, Jerome Paillard, Executive Director, Marche Du Film Festival, Cannes Film Market, Actress, Shaji Karun, filmmaker, Jahnu Barua. Mr Fremaux said that 1,900 movies were submitted this year. 82 women stood in silence to highlight the lack of female directors at the festival. The attendees broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the Hollywood actress after the signing.

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