French Culture Ministry, National Film Board Unveil New Guidelines to Fight Sexual Harassment

Variety | 11/15/2019 | Elsa Keslassy
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The French movie industry has been shaken up by the declarations of Adele Haenel, one of the country’s most powerful actresses, who accused the director Christophe Ruggia of having sexually harassed her for years from the time she was 12.

On top of sparking a public debate, Haenel’s testimony has driven the French culture ministry and the national film board, the CNC, to come up with new guidelines to curb sexual harassment and violence, as well as increase gender parity in the film and TV industry.

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Franck Riester, France’s culture minister, unveiled several measures to combat sexual harassment and abuse, such as making the inclusion of programs aimed at preventing and detecting harassment mandatory for companies seeking subsidies.

During a speech he gave Thursday at a conference on gender parity and diversity, Riester also said he was in favor of having on-site counselors during shoots, along with other initiatives suggested by the director Rebecca Zlotowski, a member of the SRF directors’ guild and the 5050×2020 movement, which co-hosted the conference.

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The CNC will also soon announce the launch of workshops for employers in the cinema and audiovisual sector to help them put in place mechanisms to prevent inappropriate behavior in schools, on shoots, in studios and during the promotion of films.

“The film and TV industries have a particular responsibility. By conditioning the CNC subsidies...
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