>> The usual preparations as the Cannes Film Festival opens, but the 71st edition of the international gala won't be business as usual. Selfies will be banned on the red carpet and for the first time in years, it'll be held without this man, Harvey Weinstein. The movie mogul, once famous for his lavish Riviera parties, is now the subject of sexual harassment allegations that have shocked the global movie industry.
And lead to the creation of the MeToo and Time's Up movements, demanding greater respect for and representation of women. Reuters, Robin Pomeroy is there.>> It's what everyone's talking about, in terms of practical innovations, yes. They have installed a sexual harassment hotline. So if you're being sexually harassed, you can call it up.
And also there are lots of events at the festival talking about the issue of not just sexual harassment, perhaps even more importantly, the representation of women in the movie industry.>> Actor Cate Blanchett who's heading this year's majority female jury says Me Too will not sway who wins at the film contest.
Of the 21 movies vying for the prestigious Palme d'Or award only three are directed by women.>> The organizers here say they don't choose films based on the gender or the nationality, or the sexuality of the film makers. They choose them all on merit and there simply aren't enough films coming through made by women.
Now, maybe that will change in the future. Thierry Fremaux, the Director of the Cannes Film Festival said he would encourage European state bodies who subsidize most of the types of films that are shown here to prioritize women filmmakers.>> Fans could be a little disappointed this year. Not many big stars will be on the red carpet.
And Star Wars aside, few American blockbusters are on this year's Cannes list. Instead, indie movies and lesser known directors from around the world may steal the limelight.