By Damilola Faustino
Netflix has pulled its films from Cannes Film Festival following a row between the two entertainment giants.
The streaming service was recently banned from competing for Cannes’ Palme d’Or after festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux confirmed that all films vying for the top spot will require a cinema release in France.
The new ruling is a direct response to the controversy that the festival faced last year when two Netflix films were entered in competition for the Palme d’Or, despite not being released in cinemas.
Responding to the new rules, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos said the company was pulling out of Cannes: “It was not our decision to make. We want our films to be on the fairground with every other filmmaker. There’s a risk in us going in this way and having our films and filmmakers treated disrespectfully at the festival. They’ve set the tone. I don’t think it would be good for us to be there.”
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