Cannes Film Festival chiefs have made a pledge for gender parity and inclusion. Initiated by the 5050 Pour 2020 organization, a charter was signed today by general delegate and artistic chief Thierry Fremaux along with Edouard Waintrop and Charles Tesson, respectively the heads of the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week sections, as well as Paolo Moretti, who will take over the Fortnight next year.
The signing was held in the presence of this year’s jury including president Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay and Léa Séydoux. Deadline had earlier revealed the meeting would be held today to make “concrete, strong commitments.”
The fest chiefs made several promises. Among them, to compile statistics according to gender, especially those regarding the number of films submitted. To make visible the list of the members of selection committees and programmers — with the aim of eliminating any suspicion of a lack of inclusion and parity while allowing the festival to fully pursue its editorial and strategic choices. And to commit to a transformation schedule of the executive bodies to reach parity in their current mandate period.
The move comes as the topics of inclusion and equality have been front and center here on the Croisette. On Sunday, Blanchett, DuVernay and Stewart were joined by Patty Jenkins, Marion Cotillard, Salma Hayek, Agnes Varda and dozens of other female actors, directors, writers, producers and distributors to stand halfway up the red carpet, symbolizing the challenges women face to climb the industry ladder.
5050×2020 has invited all film, TV and animation festivals to commit to the charter and organize their own signatures.