Ever tried to talk to someone and they were distracted because they were taking a selfie? Or been walking on a busy street and have your path obstructed by someone in selfie-mode? Well, ahead of this year’s Cannes Film Festival it has been announced that selfies are officially banned on the red carpet, according to Deadline.
Thierry Frémaux, the festival’s artistic director, is responsible for the decision. He has previously discussed how the selfie created disorder on the carpet and discouraged it at festivals past. “On the red carpet, the trivial aspect and the slowing down provoked by the disorder which these selfies create tarnishes the quality of [the red carpet experience] and of the festival as a whole,” Frémaux said during an interview.
That is not the only change Frémaux is making. He is also doing away with press screenings the day before gala premieres. Journalists will now have to watch films with the guests during screenings at 7 p.m. in the Debussy theater. For the following 10 p.m. screenings, the journalists will have the opportunity to view the film the next day. While the selfie will just diminish social media clout, the press screening ban will change the game for review deadlines.