Netflix pulls out of Cannes Film Festival due to new rules

US streaming giant, Netflix, has decided to pull out of the Cannes Film Festival this year due to rules that say movies not screened in theatres will not be eligible for participation.

Updated: Apr 12, 2018 09:55:15

Agence France-Presse

Netflix showed two films at Cannes Film Festival in 2017. (Reuters)

Netflix’s chief content officer said in an interview published Wednesday the streaming giant would not attend this year’s Cannes Film Festival because of a change in French regulations.

Speaking to the industry magazine Variety, Ted Sarandos said the festival -- whose selection will be made public Thursday -- had instituted a new rule prohibiting any film without a theatrical distribution in France from competing for main prizes.

“We want our films to be on fair ground with every other filmmaker,” Sarandos said. “There’s a risk in us going in this way and having our films and filmmakers treated disrespectfully at the festival.”

Netflix boss Ted Sarandos said on April 11, 2018 in an interview with Variety that the streaming giant would not be present this year at the Cannes Film Festival, whose selection will be known Thursday, because of the French regulations. ( AFP )

“They’ve set the tone. I don’t think it would be good for us to be there.”

Netflix showed two films at the prestigious film festival last year -- but triggered scandal over its refusal to show Okja in French cinemas before distributing it for streaming to its subscribers.

The streaming giant also showed the film The Meyerowitz Stories by Noah Baumbach at the festival.

French law stipulates movies cannot be available for home streaming until three years after a cinematic premiere.

Read: Cannes Film Festival plans radical changes for its 71st edition

The timeline is considered largely obsolete due to a spike in piracy and streaming platforms in the United States like Netflix and Amazon.

Netflix has voiced willingness to taking films to French theaters -- but refuses to wait three years to make it available on its platform.

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First Published: Apr 12, 2018 09:54:56


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