Newswire: After Cannes inclusion, French theaters question if Netflix movies are real movies

The lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival was announced a few days ago, and it included the Netflix original films Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories. To most of the world, this is indicative of the streaming service’s rising legitimacy, but to the Federation Of French Cinemas—a surprisingly powerful group that protects the interests of theatrical exhibitors—it’s practically a slap in the face. In France, the law says that on-demand services like Netflix have to wait 36 months before streaming a theatrically released film, so the Federation Of French Cinemas (FNCF) isn’t a big fan of Netflix just making movies of its own and streaming them whenever it feels like it.

This comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which adds that the FNCF says that by skipping traditional theatrical distribution, Netflix is refusing to pay certain fees to France’s National Cinema Center which undermines the …

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