Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux attends a news conference in Paris, April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said Wednesday the streaming giant is pulling its films from the Cannes Film Festival, further intensifying an ongoing dispute between Netflix and the world's most prestigious film event. Cannes earlier banned any films without theatrical distribution in France from its Palme d'Or competition. That essentially rules out Netflix movies, which are released either day-and-date – on Netflix and in some theaters – or simply go straight to Netflix.Last year, two Netflix films –Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" and Noah Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories" – premiered in competition at Cannes, prompting outrage from French theater owners and unions.Lacking theatrical distribution or massive marketing expenditures, Netflix has depended heavily on film festivals as launch pads for its films.
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