By Damilola Faustino
Just a few days after Steven Spielberg said Netflix should not win an Oscar, the Cannes Film Festival has announced that it has banned Netflix films from competing. Strangely, It also banned selfies.
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 Thierry Fremaux has now said 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.
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