Cannes festival organisers vow to improve gender equality

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Cannes "must be a safe space for women", she stressed.

The Indian delegation in the festival consisted of Ashok Kumar Parmar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Govt.

"India's ancient storytelling tradition coupled with the economic as well as technological transformations presents several collaborative opportunities".

Directed by Julio Hernandez Cordon, the film received warm applauses in its first presentation on Monday, a movie in which most of the actors are not professionals, included the 10-year-old younger daughter of the director, Matilde.

The event was an about-face from festival director Thierry Fremaux, who said earlier this year that it was not Cannes' role to "organize #MeToo events ... because we don't have the skills or legitimacy to do so".

"IB ministry had taken special efforts to showcase regional films of India at Cannes".

Saudi filmmakers Haifaa Al Mansour and Abdullah Al-Eyaf made the point that that the Kingdom should have an worldwide film festival that goes beyond the small Saudi Film Festival run in Dammam since 2008.

While members of the crowd called out Fremaux for historically not including women in the selection and downplaying the festival's responsibility for promoting gender parity, Zlotowski said Fremaux should be an ally. Many were not. Together, though, they sent out a powerful statement that both this festival and the industry that sustains it would do well to heed.

Among those taking part was Haifaa Al-Mansour, widely recognised as Saudi Arabia's first female film director, who stood beside Twilight star Kristen Stewart and former Bond girl Lea Seydoux for the portrait.

Support for the "Me Too" movement is spreading in France.

Under a non-exclusive MOU signed on the sidelines of the Cannes International Film Festival, the GCA and Imax will look for opportunites to help Saudi studios and directors release films with cross-border appeal and eventually tap Imax's global distribution platform to export their films to non-Arabic markets, as per media reports.

Its key commitments include the compilation of statistics to record the gender of the filmmakers and key crew of all submissions; a promise to improve transparency around selection processes by publicly listing the members of its selection and programming committees; and to work toward parity on their executive boards.

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