The 82 women walked arm in arm down the red carpet to protest at gender inequality and was organised by a French group called 5050×2020 who want gender equality in the French film industry by 2020. Looking on from the front row were members of this year's nine-person jury, among them Kristen Stewart and jury president Cate Blanchett, both of whom took part in Saturday's protest.
The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival's seven-decade history.
Cannes director Thierry Fremaux signed the pledge on Monday in a packed tent on the Cannes beach, along with two of the festival's artistic directors.
The latest news comes after Blanchett led an extraordinary women's march in Cannes over the weekend; the actress was joined by 81 female actors and executives on the steps of the red carpet during the screening of Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil). "We hope that it will reinforce the realization that the world is not the same anymore. In the same period, 1,688 male directors have climbed these very same stairs". "The world has changed".
In the 71 years of this world-renowned festival there have been 12 female heads of its juries.
It was drawn up by French gender parity movement 5050x2020, which also spearheaded Saturday protest.
"We must question our history and our habits", added Fremaux.
Of the 21 films in competition this year, three are directed by women.
Cannes has come under repeated criticism in recent years over its poor record of selecting female filmmakers.
Its key commitments include the compilation of statistics to record the gender of the filmmakers and key crew of all submissions.
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