Festival bylaws state that a film must be distributed theatrically in France may not be "exhibited on the internet" in order to compete at Cannes, but Fremaux said that he was hoping by allowing Netflix films in past year he could convince the platform to show their films in French theaters. "Under those rules, we could not release our films day-and-date to the world like we've released almost 100 films over the last couples of years", Sarandos said. They've set the tone. "Therefore, our films they are not qualified for the Cannes Film Festival competition".
A new rule at the Cannes Film Festival has effectively prevented Netflix from participating in the festival, and I, for one, think it's disgusting.
Netflix has made good on its threats. Netflix first made a splash at the French film festival a year ago with Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories, both of which received rave reviews even when the audience booed the familiar Netflix logo.More news: Russian Federation to deploy troops to site of chemical attack in Syria
In addition to the festival's technophobic new rules, such as this year's ban on selfies, there's also the festival's arcane customs, including its strict dress code for premieres.
Sarandos, who pointed out that Netflix regularly attends other festivals around the world for both acquisition and exhibition, blamed the Cannes decision on valuing tradition over art.
Two weeks after a ruling rendered its films ineligible to compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or and other awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has announced that it will withdraw its films from the event entirely. Some speculate that the festival is looking to minimize the effect of negative critical reaction to a particular film ahead of a given picture's debut, though Frémaux told Variety the move comes after "planning hadn't evolved for 40 years", so "it was time to reform.... not against critics but IN FAVOR of gala evenings".More news: Ghana: Israel Blocks Ghana MP Over Palestine Occupation Storm
"I was very upset and troubled to read in the trade papers about the conflict with the Cannes Film Festival", Beatrice said in an e-mail sent to Sarandos on Sunday, portions of which were made available to Vanity Fair. "There's a risk in us going in this way and having our films and filmmakers treated disrespectfully at the festival. 'Under those rules, we could not release our films day-and-date to the world like we've released almost 100 films over the last couple of years". And if we did that, we'd have to hold back that film from French subscribers for three years under French law. While I understand Cannes wanting to support theatrical distribution, making distribution a requirement of movies playing at Cannes hurts not just Netflix but smaller indie films seeking distribution in the first place. Thierry had said in his comments when he announced his change that the history of the Internet and the history of Cannes are two different things. But we are choosing to be about the future of cinema.
They also had Orson Welles' "The Other Side of the Wind" - a film the legendary director never finished.
The ruling will also indirectly affect independent films which have previously competed at Cannes and secured theatrical distribution; they would also be barred from competition.More news: United States aided slain Gaza reporter's media firm