Netflix has pulled out of Cannes Film Festival

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As a direct response to the recent changes at Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has pulled all of its films out of the competition.

The rule change essentially singled out streaming services like Netflix, banning all films that didn't commit to distribution in French cinemas. Of course, this doesn't fit in at all with Netflix's business model.

Chief content officer at Netflix, Ted Sarandos, called Cannes' decision "completely contrary to the spirit of any film festival in the world", adding:

"We encourage Cannes to rejoin the world cinema community and welcome them back. Thierry had said in his comments when he announced his change that the history of the Internet and the history of Cannes are two different things. Of course they are two different things. But we are choosing to be about the future of cinema. If Cannes is choosing to be stuck in the history of cinema, that’s fine."

Key films removed from competition include The Other Side of the Wind, a long unfinished Orson Welles film, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Paul Greengrass' Norway and Jeremy Saulnier's Hold the Dark.

Netflix has been criticised for its attendance at the respected festival in the past, with audience members often booing the logo when it appeared at the end of a feature. Despite that, both Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories received rave reviews.

Image: Netflix's original film Okja – courtesy of Netflix