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Netflix Won’t Compete at Cannes Film Festival in 2022

You probably watch or hear about Netflix at least once in a single day.

The number one streaming platform in the world that dominated home entertainment has sad news for its viewers and audience as Netflix won’t have any movies screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year. 

Despite producing one of the finest including the Marylin Monroe biopic, Blonde. Here’s everything you need to know.

Netflix Won’t be Streaming Anything at Cannes this year

Despite its praise for being the first and only global streamer for signing an agreement with the french film orgs. Appearing in one of the largest film festivals of the world is definitely not on the menu for them.

A source close to Netflix’s organization confirmed to a few publications that the streaming platform is not planning to screen or world premiere any of its films in the 75th film festival. 

Strong emphasis on the exclusion of films including Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, a film based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, starred by Ana De Armas. 

Dominik’s previous statements at the Berlin Film Festival to the publications also indicated that he was hoping to get an offer for a world premiere by festival director Thierry Fremaux. 

Cannes Film Festival Feud with Netflix

According to the rules and regulations at Cannes, a film has to have a theatrical release in order to screen and present at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Netflix has not bought and acquired any films since 2017. Festival director Thierry Fremaux in a press conference introducing a new rule stated that a film has to have a theatrical release in order to screen a film at the festival.

Films competing for prizes and appreciation have to be eligible as a theatre release. 

Taking several shots at Netflix as the platform only entertains films and shows online. Putting them in a feud since 2017.

The streaming platform was immediately barred out of the competition and the categories as they don’t match the eligibility criteria for any of the films.

Thierry Fremaux Dig at Netflix

The Festival’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux took a dig at several other film festivals including Venice.

Criticizing that other film festivals allow platforms like Netflix for competing for awards in the category with other films that work hard enough to get here.

He also criticized the pattern of Netflix for acquiring films and shows saying that the film festival should consider the people and films before opening their door for the nominations and the screenings. 

The festival committee should not just let anyone come to the festival without being sure about it. 

This tiff is still strong despite the fact that Netflix has shown huge interest and invested in France recently. The country has become one of the hottest markets of Europe after the agreement with Netflix.

We don’t know for sure what’s coming our way but we do believe that Cinema and screening platforms can co-exist. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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