A few weeks back, we reported on the d**k move from the Cannes Film Festival. The rule change pretty much stated that in order for a film to be considered for the prestigious Palme d’Or award, they would need to set up theatrical distribution in France. They would still be able to show their films at the festival, but would be unable to actually compete. This ruling pretty much singled out Netflix and other streaming platforms from being able to compete, as it is very difficult for them to set this up, thanks to the law requirements of France.
Now in the wake of this rule change, Ted Sarandos has revealed to Variety that they are pulling out from the Cannes Film Festival altogether.
“We want our films to be on fair ground with every other filmmaker,” Sarandos said. “There’s a risk in us going in this way and having our films and filmmakers treated disrespectfully at the festival. They’ve set the tone. I don’t think it would be good for us to be there.”
The film community hasn’t exactly been open to the new wave of filmmaking in the past. Last year, during the screening of the Netflix original film Okja, there were boos from the audience when the Netflix logo popped up. Clearly there’s some real pretentiousness polluting the minds of the Cannes moviegoing audience, and Netflix is right to give them the proverbial middle finger with this move.
What do you think about Netflix pulling out of the Cannes Film Festival? Do you think the festival committee will rethink things so that streaming services will be able to compete in 2019? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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