Netflix threatens to withhold films from Cannes fest

Los Angeles: Online streaming giant Netflix has reportedly threatened not to bring any titles to the Cannes Film Festival after festival director Thierry Fremaux said he won’t screen any films from the platform in competition.

The situation is said to be fluid, and a final decision won’t be made until Cannes announces its official line-up on April 12, reports

If Netflix carries through on the threat to pull out its movies, the move could impact a number of high-profile filmmakers.

Such a move would be seen as retaliation for a new rule, which was first announced after last year’s fest. The officials have banned films from competition that do not have a French theatrical release.

Since Netflix titles don’t play in French theatres and instead appear directly on the digital service, that rule has barred them from the competition line-up.