Cate Blanchett & Agnès Varda Lead Women's March At Cannes Film Festival

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

Eighty two film industry professionals stand on the steps of the Palais des Festivals to represent, what they describe as pervasive gender inequality in the film industry, at the 71st worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

The 28-year-old actress and festival jury member was joined by Ava DuVernay, Salma Hayek, and Chloe Sevigny.

The protest was co-organized by 5050x2020, a movement striving for gender parity in the French cinema. Jerome Paillard Executive Director, Marche Du Film Festival, Cannes Film Market stated that Indian Pavilion is a very important tool to help connecting the worldwide European and worldwide community of films.

Their number — 82 — reflected the number of female directors who have been selected to show their films at Cannes' prestigious main slate.

The Cannes Film Festival and its two main sidebars signed a pledge on Monday to bring more films by women filmmakers into the lineup of global film festivals.

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"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise", Blanchett said.

Blanchett shared the speech with Agnès Varda - one of the most celebrated French film directors in the industry who has spent decades using her platform and art to discuss feminist issues within society. She said her fellow female stars were calling for "a world that allows all of us, in front and behind the camera, to thrive shoulder to shoulder with our male colleagues".

Joining Fremaux in signing the pledge was Director's Fortnight director Paolo Moretti and Critics' Week director Charles Tesson, both of whom made promises to improve gender equality in Cannes' biggest sidebars. But he's also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced.

On the carpet, Kristen dished on what it was like to be apart of the women's march that was held during the festival the day before. Jane Campion is the only female filmmaker to ever win the Palme.

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