Top image: Ellen Degeneres’ 2014 Oscars selfie
This year’s Cannes Film Festival comes with two new bans. Netflix films will not be able to compete in the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the film festival, and – rather bizarrely – red-carpet selfies are no longer permitted.
Theirry Fremaux, the head of Cannes, said that it and other streamers can still show their films out of competition, but they won’t be in the running for a Palme d’Or. The news follows last year’s controversial decision to include two Netflix titles, Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories, despite the fact they wouldn’t be shown in cinemas. Cue uproar among French filmmakers and unions.
“Last year, when we selected these two films, I thought I could convince Netflix to release them in cinemas. I was presumptuous, they refused,” Fremaux told The Hollywood Reporter. “The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours.”
While Fremaux cites “unwanted disorder” as the reason behind the ban on selfies, telling magazine Le Film Francais: “The triviality and slowdown caused by the unwanted disorder created by the practice of selfies harms the quality of the climb up the steps, and so the entire festival.”
It’s a move that should come as little surprise, in 2015 Fremaux first tried to ban the “ridiculous and grotesque” practice at the film festival in 2015 but later backed down.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival (sans selfies) runs 8th – 19th May.