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"We are 82 women, representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946".

"Today, 82 of our sisters gathered on the steps of the @festivaldecannes to symbolise the number of women who have been featured in the festival's competition over its 71-year history", the Time's Up movement posted alongside a snapshot of the moment on its Instagram page.

In contrast to their 82, 1,866 films directed by men have been picked for the prestigious festival lineup.

This weekend however, Cate Blanchett took it a step further, leading an 82-woman Cannes red carpet #MeToo protest - and we're here for it. Cannes Film Festival president Pierre Lescure was in attendance at the signing, as was this year's high-profile female jury members Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux, and Ava DuVernay.

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It was drawn up by French gender parity movement 5050x2020, which also spearheaded Saturday protest. Care Blanchett read the English version of the statement while Agnés Varda read the statement in French.

"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise", she declared. As women, we all face the typical problems, but today we stand together on this ladder and symbolize determination and progress.

"The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all", she concluded.

Capernaum, from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, and Happy as Lazzaro, by Italy's Alice Rohrwacher, are the other two works by female filmmakers up for the prize in 2018. Only one woman has ever taken home the top prize: Jane Campion for "The Piano" in 1993.

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Well now they're making headlines again as last night having staged a protest at the lack of gender equality within the festival itself.

On the carpet, Kristen dished on what it was like to be apart of the women's march that was held during the festival the day before.

Fremaux has repeatedly insisted that the festival chooses its films purely based on quality.

Cannes has been criticized over the years for the gender imbalance in films selected for screening at the festival.

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