Cannes and the French government are teaming up to launch a sexual harassment hotline at the festival, which gets underway next month. The move comes after the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns during which Harvey Weinstein was accused of assaulting women at the iconic event.
At a press conference in Paris today, Marlène Schiappa, France’s gender equality minister, said industry would be warned to watch their behavior when they arrive at the festival, which will distribute flyers about harassment and its legal punishments. No further details were revealed about the nature of the phone line.
“We’ve gone into partnership with the Cannes Film Festival to tackle sexual harassment and set up a helpline,” Ms Schiappa said at the event which was also hosted by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and festival executive Pierre Lescure. “One of the rapes that Harvey Weinstein is accused of happened at Cannes, and so the festival cannot fail to act.”
She added that the measures were aimed at protecting not only actresses but all women working in or around the industry. The festival has come under fire in recent years for its stringent red carpet policies which led to the heelgate row but also for the lack of women directors among the lineup. This year only three women make it into the 21-strong Competition.
The festival is known to be lining up a string of events and panels around the theme of diversity and sexual harassment. Deadline has reached out to the festival for additional information.