Diamonds on Cannes' red carpet

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Cate Blanchett Michael B Jordan and Marion Cotillard make appearances on Day 6

5/6 Marion Cotillard at the premiere of the film 3 Faces. AP Marion Cotillard at the premiere of the film 3 Faces. AP

The ranks included a battalion of Oscar winners from Helen Mirren and Marion Cotillard to U.S. blockbuster directors Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins who made "Wonder Woman". The Oscar-winning actress led the 82 actress, female producers and directors who marched arm in arm in the unprecedented protest on Friday, May 11 to demand equal pay and an end to sexual harassment. Only 82 female directors have competed for the top Palme d'Or prize since 1946 compared with almost 1,700 male directors.

It comes after a number of female film stars came together to stage a protest against gender discrimination in the industry on the festival red carpet over the weekend. The stairs of our industry MUST be accessible to all. The 71st edition of the festival began last week and it will be extended up to May 19, one of the most prestigious event of its type all over the world which attracts good part of global talent of the 7th art.

For reference, this year's Cannes Film Festival only has three films from female directors competing in a pool of 18. "It's not a globe stunt because it is something in every woman's heart right now, and it's going to carry on and on and on", she said, noting that the fund is going to support low-income women.

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Saturday's protest came ahead of the premiere of Eva Husson's Girls Of The Sun, which is about a Kurdish battalion of women soldiers.

Cannes was the scene of several of the disgraced Hollywood mogul's alleged attacks on actresses.

While members of the crowd called out Fremaux for historically not including women in the selection and downplaying the festival's responsibility for promoting gender parity, Zlotowski said Fremaux should be an ally.

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Panelist Andres Gomez, an Oscar-winning Spanish producer, reportedly said Saudi talents would benefit more if Saudi films travel outside to other festivals overseas compared to having a festival in Saudi Arabia.

"There are many women on the jury but I wish there were more in competition", the Australian-born star told French radio earlier this week. She is the head of the jury.

Only seven per cent of Hollywood blockbusters were directed by women in 2016.

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In the past, Mr Fremaux has pointed out that the Cannes festival screens films directed by women at a much higher percentage than are made in the movie industry itself.

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