Cannes Film Festival bans red carpet selfies

The Cannes Festival has banned "selfies" from its famed red carpet this year, with the head of the event claiming that people posing for the snaps are cluttering the carpet.

Cannes Film Festival bans red carpet selfies
No more "horrible" selfies on the red carpet at Cannes. Photo: AFP
When the prestigious film festival returns on May 13th for its 68th edition, don't expect to see the stars posing for selfies. 
In fact, taking selfies has been banned by the director general of the festival, Thierry Frémaux.
Frémaux made the announcement on April 1st – but this was no April Fool's hoax. 
"These horrible selfies make the red carpet terribly cluttered and disorganized," he said, reported French radio channel France Culture.
Last year's event saw many actors giving in to the temptation of a selfie on the red carpet, including French actress Lea Seydoux (above), Nabilla Benattia and the team of Expendables 3. Others included American actresses Rosario Dawson and Julianne Moore, and former Gossip Girl character and L’Oréal model Blake Lively. 
Frémaux has been mulling the ban since December.
"What do all these self-pictures mean? I think it’s better to keep these memories in our heads. But I know this will be a difficult measure to take," he said. 
By Chloe Farand

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Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid

The Cannes Film Festival has been rescheduled for July 6th to 17th - postponed by around two months due to the ongoing virus crisis, organisers said on Wednesday.

Cannes Film Festival postponed to July due to Covid
The 2018 Palme d'Or winner Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda posing for the cameras at the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual highlight for movie lovers in France. Photo: AFP

“As announced last autumn, the Festival de Cannes reserved the right to change its dates depending on how the global health situation developed,” they said in a statement.

“Initially scheduled from 11th to 22nd May 2021, the Festival will therefore now take place from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th July 2021.”

The festival was cancelled last year, while rival European events in Berlin and Venice went ahead under strict health restrictions.

The Berlin Film Festival, which usually kicks off in February, said last month it would run this year's edition in two stages, an online offering for industry professionals in March and a public event in June.

France has closed all cinemas, theatres and show rooms alongside cafés, bars and restaurants as part of its Covid-19 health measures and the government has pushed back their reopening date until further notice due to rising levels of viral spread across the country.

The Cannes festival normally attracts some 45,000 people with official accreditations, of whom around 4,500 are journalists.

It had only been cancelled once before, due to the outbreak of war in 1939.

Its Film Market, held alongside the main competition, is the industry's biggest marketplace for producers, distributors, buyers and programmers.

Last year, the festival still made an official selection of 56 films – including the latest offerings from Wes Anderson, Francois Ozon and Steve McQueen – allowing them to use the “Cannes official selection” label.