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14 May 2018

82 Women March for Equality in Cannes

On Saturday (12 May), 82 women marched on the red carpet in Cannes, symbolising the 82 films which have screened in competition at the festival since 1946 (compared to an estimated 1,645 by men).  The purpose was to highlight the continued need to address the gender imbalance in the international film industry, and the demonstration was organised by 5050×2020, a French campaign focused on gender equality in cinema.

Amongst those marching were this year’s Festival Jury members Cate Blanchett, Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart, as well as prolific French director Agnes Varda, and Women and Hollywood journalist and activist Melissa Silverstein.

You can watch the march and hear the speech delivered by Cate Blanchett and Agnes Varda on the Festival de Cannes YouTube channel here.