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Cannes film fest chiefs sign gender equality charter

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chiefs have made a for gender parity and inclusion.

Initiated by the 5050 2020 organisation, a charter was signed on Monday by along with and Charles Tesson, the heads of and Critics' Week sections respectively as well as who will take over the Fortnight next year, reports

The signing was done in the presence of this year's jury including and members Kristen Stewart, and

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 bodies to reach parity in their current mandate period.

The move comes as the topics of inclusion and equality have been front and centre here. In fact, last weekend, Blanchett, DuVernay and Stewart were joined by Patty Jenkins, Marion Cotillard, Salma Hayek, and dozens of other female actors, directors, writers, producers and distributors, including Indian filmmakers and and Rasika Dugal, to stand halfway up the red carpet, symbolising the challenges women face to climb the industry ladder.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 18:54 IST