Cate Blanchett leads Time's Up protest at Cannes

Cate Blanchett & Agnès Varda Lead Women’s March At Cannes Film Festival

82 actors, film-makers, and film industry professionals were chosen to represent the 82 female directors who have proudly shown their work at the Cannes Film Festival since its inception in 1942.

The signing was held in the presence of this year's jury including President Cate Blanchett and members Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay and Lea Seydoux.

The protest was co-organized by 5050x2020, a movement striving for gender parity in the French cinema.

In contrast 1,866 films directed by men have been picked for the prestigious festival line-up. The pledge will be signed by Thierry Frémaux, the general delegate of the Cannes Festival, Edouard Waintrop, the artistic director of Director's Fortnight, and Charles Tesson, the artistic director of Critic's week.

Cate Blanchett, who kicked off the event with a statement, told onlookers "Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise", before going on to confirm the group stood together as a "symbol of our determination to change and progress".

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"We hope that Cannes will welcome these new initiatives", said Fremaux. She said her fellow female stars were calling for "a world that allows all of us, in front and behind the camera, to thrive shoulder to shoulder with our male colleagues". Saturday's protest came ahead of the premiere of Eva Husson's "Girls of the Sun", which is about a Kurdish battalion of women soldiers.

Cannes became the first film festival to sign the pledge but it is expected to be followed by others.

According to Screen Daily, which published details, the document calls for the festivals to push for parity on their executive boards, compile statistics on the gender of the filmmakers and key crew members for all submitted films and increase the transparency of the selection process by publicly announcing selection committee members.

The festival supported Saturday's protest. Only one female director, Jane Campion, has won the festival's top award, the Palme d'Or.

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