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".
Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry. 82 women including Blanchett who is president of the jury and Stewart took part in the protest to signify the 82 female directors (7 of whom were part of mixed gender teams) that have premiered at the festival since 1946 compared to 1,645 male directors.
"We are equalizing the proportion of women staffing the festival and within our selection committees, which is important", he told Variety in March. We hope that it will reinforce the realisation that the world is not the same anymore.
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"We must question our history and our habits", added Fremaux.
Cannes has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years over the number of female directors selected into its main slate, considered one of the most esteemed achievements in cinema. "The prestigious Palme d'Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors-too numerous to mention by name-but only two women".
Its key commitments include the compilation of statistics to record the gender of the filmmakers and key crew of all submissions.
"It is fundamental for the festival to be part of this", said Seydoux after the signing ceremony. 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.