Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Chief Slams Impact of Social Networks on Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Chief Slams Impact of Social Networks on Festival

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Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux has hit out at the impact of social networks on the coverage of the festival and its Official Selection.

"It was the first real 'Twitter festival' where everyone decided to say whatever happened to pass through their heads," Fremaux told French film industry trade Le Film Francais.

"This created a permanent race against the clock between journalists and amateur neo-critics."

"Writing a review, is about formulating and putting down a thought, and can't be summarised in 140 characters written as soon as the credits have stopped rolling," he continued.

"In Cannes, I am not sure the social networks do any good for the general spirit."

Frémaux was speaking in an interview with Le Film Francais summing up his thoughts about the 68th edition, which ran May 13-24.

"The degree of fantasy that Cannes arouses isn't a licence to write any old thing. On the internet, an article is judged by the number of clicks it generates, civilization is making progress!," he said with irony.

Frémaux's comments echoed the sentiments of the festival's new president Pierre Lescure in an interview with La Croix newspaper last week in which he complained about the fact critics were tweeting during press screenings.

"Everything is accelerating. The instantaneity leads to hasty, excessive, definitive judgements. The critics are tweeting during projections. The nature and the function of the profession are changing. By acting like this, I'm not sure the profession is doing itself any good," he said.

Frémaux and Lescure's comments follow this year's request that attendees refrain from taking selfies on the red carpet at the 68th edition. Some French media outlets have questioned whether they will be turning their attention to twitter next year. …

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