Streaming giant Netflix is threatening to withhold its films from the Cannes Film Festival, according to the Hollywood Reporter who cited sources close to the matter.
The move by Netflix comes in response to a new rule banning movies from the official Cannes competition that don’t have theatrical distribution in France. Because Netflix originals don’t play French theaters and are instead distributed directly on the digital service, that rule has barred them from the competition lineup.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix has threatened not to bring any titles to the event after the festival’s director, Thierry Fremaux, said last month that he won’t screen any Netflix films in competition. However, the final decision won’t be made until Cannes announces its official lineup April 12, according to sources.