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No More Red Carpet Selfies During Cannes Film Festival

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There will be no more red carpet selfies in the popular Cannes Film Festival as the Festival director Thierry Fremaux has changed the protocol at the upcoming festival. The festival will no longer have the morning press screenings of movies before the evening premieres along with the ban on selfies on the red carpet.

Fremaux said in an interview that he along with the Cannes festival president Pierre Lescure have decided to “outright forbid” selfies for the 71st edition of the festival, which takes place on May 8-19.

“The untimely disorder created by the practice of selfies” interferes with the experience of the red carpet and the festival as a whole, Fremaux said, saying cell-phone photographing trivialises the grandeur of Cannes and, on a practical level, slows down foot traffic on the carpet, with crowds backed up behind self-clicking celebrities.

Fremaux has never been a fan of the trend and called it “ridiculous and grotesque.” But previous calls to stop selfies had little impact.

In another move aimed at restoring Cannes’ red carpet prestige, Fremaux said competition films will no longer screen for the press and public ahead of their official world premiere gala in the evening.

The press and the critics will watch the competition titles at the same time as the gala audience in a neighboring theater. For 10 p.m. premieres, the press will have to wait until the following morning for a screening.

Most of them complained that Cannes and other international festivals have lost a bit of sheen as critics, who watch the same film in advance, often post reviews before the movie’s premiere.