Netflix Is Skipping Cannes Again This Year & Won’t Debut A Film At The Festival

The Playlist | 3/18/2019 | Charles Barfield
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Another year, another Cannes Film Festival without a Netflix film.

After last year’s highly-publicized spat between the streaming service and one of the most prestigious film events of the year, many assumed that Netflix and Cannes would work it out and come up with a compromise that would allow streaming films to compete in France. And while rumors spread that the two parties would figure it out, ultimately, it would seem that no deal could be made and Cannes will be noticeably void of any Netflix films, per Variety.

Year - Cannes - Debut - Location - Roma

Last year, Cannes was expected to be the debut location for “Roma,” “22 July,” “Hold the Dark,” and “The Other Side of the Wind,” all of which would have been major debuts for the French film festival. However, with France’s law that films that debut in theaters can’t be added to a streaming service for 36 months (combined with Canne’s insistence that films that debut in-competition must have a theatrical release), Netflix felt it had no other choice but to pull the films.

With “Roma” going on to be an Oscar winner, and receive some of the biggest accolades of the year, many assumed that Cannes...
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