>> Film festival organizes rolling out the red carpet under a blue Cannes sky. But in among the palm trees, a Netflix war has been casting a shadow over proceedings. Reuters' Jayson Mansaray is on the Croisette in Cannes.>> Organizers have had to intervene in a fight between American online streaming giant Netflix and French theaters.
Netflix has two of the most hotly-tipped films up for the top prize, that's the Palme d'Or. But has refused to show it on the big screen after the premier here. Despite speculation, the festival hasn't excluded Netflix, but they have tightened the rules.>> It's Netflix's first time in competition, but the new rules will probably make it their last.
Now any film in the competition will have to get a theater release, effectively barring any online streaming brands.>> I took nature.>> Among the Netflix movies stealing the limelight, Okja by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. Starring Tilda Swinton as a corporate scientist whose company tries to kidnap a fantastical beast.
At Cannes' 70th festival, some now ask if tradition is blocking change. But festival organizers say Netflix could avoid being banished by playing ball. Either way, the dispute is symbolic of a wider conflict between Netflix and the global film industry. In April, the streaming service topped over 100 million global subscribers.
And said it plans to spend $6 billion on programming this year. Amazon will also compete at Cannes, but it does sometimes screen films at cinemas and hasn't come under the same level of attack. Ultimately, the public will decide who comes out on top.