Silent protest for Gender Equality at the Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival female jury members

Cannes jury members Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux, Khadja Nin and Ava DuVernay, Jury President Cate Blanchett and director Agnes Varda.
PHOTO CREDIT: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters via The Guardian


This past weekend, the esteemed Cannes Film Festival took place in Cannes, France. Women in Hollywood decided to use this high-profile event to execute a silent protest against gender inequality. Eighty-two women from the film industry, including Kristen Stewart, Salma Hayek, and Cate Blanchett, walked the red carpet in silence before stopping halfway up the stairs to signify the difficulties women have in climbing to the top.


“Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise.” ~ Cate Blanchett via The Guardian


The silent protest was organized by 5050x2020, a group that aims to close the gender gap in the film industry by 2020. The group said the 82 women that participated in the protest represented the number of female filmmakers whose films have competed in the Cannes festival since 1946. These 82 female nominations pale in comparison to the 1,645 male directors that have seen their films selected in the same timeframe.


The protest was further inspired by this year’s nominations as only 3 out of 21 films being presented at the Cannes Film Festival are directed by women.


Join a community of peacemakers and create a project to address gender equality today!