Audience members booed a screening of 'Okja' last year
Cannes Film Festival has announced that it has banned Netflix – as well as selfies – from its 2018 outing.
Last year saw Netflix movies Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories allowed to compete for a Palme d’Or prize, with Okja booed and heckled by audience members during its premiere.
Cannes’ decision to show the films had been a controversial one, with some critics angered by Netflix’s failure to screen the movies at cinemas in France.
Film festival head Theirry Fremaux has now told Le Film Francais that Netflix and other streaming services can still screen films at Cannes, but those films won’t be accepted into the running for a Palme d’Or.
“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 said.
Cannes has since changed its rules to require a French theatrical release for any movies that wish to enter the competition.
“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 [business] model is now the opposite of ours,” Fremaux added.
“We have to take into account the existence of these powerful new players: Amazon, Netflix and maybe soon Apple. We’ll defend the image of a risk-prone festival, questioning the cinema, and we must be at the table every year.”
Fremaux also dismissed the similarities between TV series on streaming services that often get compared to films. “Cinema [still] triumphs everywhere even in this golden age of series,” he said. “The history of cinema and the history of the internet are two different things.”
As well as the Netflix ban, Cannes has also banned selfies from the red carpet, saying that fans taking photos with stars created a “mess”.
Cannes takes place in 2018 from May 8-19.