Netflix to pull all movies from Cannes film festival

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Netflix head of content Ted Sarandos is pulling Netflix completely out of the Cannes Film Festival after a long fight with movie traditionalists.

This follows the fest's rule change past year that no movies would be allowed to screen in competition going forward if they were not released theatrically in France.

"We want our films to be on fair ground with every other filmmaker", Sarandos told the publication of the move, which was announced previous year by Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux. But there was outcry from French theater owners who lobbied Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux to hold Cannes films accountable to a French law that requires movies to not appear on home platforms for a 36 months after their theatrical release, which would directly forbid Netflix from participating in Cannes unless they give their films exclusive theatrical windows in France. They've set the tone.

The move comes as Cannes recently announced that the only films without a theatrical release in France would be prohibited from competing in competition.

Netflix has long claimed its subscribers would be angry if Netflix Original Movies weren't available on the streaming service at the same time they're in theaters, which I think is a bunch of hogwash.

The prestigious festival made the rule change following a protest from their native theater owners, who hit the ceiling a year ago when Netflix strutted titles like Tilda Swinton's "Okja" in the main competition.

Last year, Cannes made the groundbreaking decision to include Netflix to screen films as a part of the competition.

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But even as Cannes continues to build its reputation as a retrograde stickler for tradition, I do want to remind everyone that this is a film festival that screened The Emoji Movie a year ago.

Accordingly, Netflix is threatening to pull out all its movies from the popular and well-respected festival. But the studio chose to withdraw from Cannes after the festival announced new rules that disqualify the streaming service's movies from appearing in competition there.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 8 to 19.

In the end, the idea that the Cannes Film Festival is telling filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón and Paul Greengrass to take their new movies (Roma and Norway, respectively) elsewhere is mind-boggling to me.

"Netflix titles have figured in the speculation about films that could screen at the festival, although it is not clear which may have been formally submitted". "I love our filmmakers being on those red carpets", Sarandos said, directly responding to Fremaux's remarks last month. "'Under those rules, we could not release our films day-and-date to the world like we've released almost 100 films over the last couple of years".

"We encourage Cannes to rejoin the world cinema community and welcome them back". Of course they are two different things. Netflix holds all the cards here, and the onus remains on them to change the way they distribute films. We are 100% about the art of cinema. "If Cannes is choosing to be stuck in the history of cinema, that's fine".

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