Cannes Artistic Director Explains Netflix Competition Ban

“The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours.”

Thierry Fremaux - Cannes Artistic Director

Netflix is officially out at Cannes — out of the competition lineup, at least.

Film festival head Theirry Fremaux said that it and other streamers can still show their films out of competition, but they won't be in the running for a Palme d'Or.

That's in addition to the selfie ban he announced Friday in an interview with Le Film Francais.

Last year when Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories were allowed in competition, the decision sparked a worldwide uproar.

French filmmakers and unions condemned the move and vowed protests, only for the festival to change the rules for 2018. It didn’t apply in time for the screenings of the two films last May, but neither were awarded with prizes.

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