Netflix has been banned from competing at the Cannes Film Festival, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter. Theirry Fremaux, the Cannes boss, told THR last week that the ban is because Netflix refuses to release its films in theaters, choosing instead to debut them in its broadcast service and, in some rare cases, Make day and date releases so that the movie can be seen both online and off. In the case of Okja by Bong Joon-ho and The Meyerowitz Stories by Noah Baumbach – films that were admitted last year in Cannes to widespread protests by French filmmakers – Netflix could not get last-minute permits for week-long film releases to the French media regulations.
"Last year, when we selected these two films, I thought I could convince Netflix to release them in theaters, I was presumptuous, they refused," Fremaux told THR. "The folks at Netflix loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other movies, but they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours." Beginning with this year's Cannes, which will take place in May, the films screened at the competition will need a theatrical release in French. Netflix can still show films at Cannes, Fremaux added, but his films will not be eligible for the prestigious Palme d'Or.