Cannes leaders sign gender equality plegde following protest

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Their signatures hit the page just two days after 82 female film industry figures staged a red-carpet protest at the world-famous French film festival, demanding an end to gender imbalance in the film industry.

"We are 82 women, representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946".

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

The pledge, which will now go to additional film festivals around the world, does not require that the festival books a specific percentage of films directed by women, though it was drawn up to produce that effect.

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The number of women taking part is the same as the number of films directed by women to have been selected to feature at Cannes in its more than seven-decade history.

Canes: The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 was held at Cannes, France. As women, we all face the typical problems, but today we stand together on this ladder and symbolize determination and progress. We WILL DEMAND that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so that they can best reflect the world in which we actually live.

Included in the protest were the likes of Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart and Patty Jenkins, all of whom stood on the steps with their hands linked prior to a screening of director Eva Husson's Girls of the Sun, a film about a Kurdish battalion of women soldiers.

According to Screen Daily, which published details, the document calls for the festivals to push for parity on their executive boards, compile statistics on the gender of the filmmakers and key crew members for all submitted films and increase the transparency of the selection process by publicly announcing selection committee members. Jane Campion is the only female filmmaker to ever win the Palme. Festival director Thierry Fremaux supported the march as a way for women "to affirm their presence".

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