Fremaux's promise to make selection committees transparent in order "to rule out any suspicion of a lack of diversity or parity" marks a significant step for the prominent film industry figure, who is also the head of the French-focused Lumiere Film Festival and the Institut Lumiere.
The 82 women, led by Cate Blanchett, stand in protest on the steps of the Palais des Festivals at Cannes on Saturday.
On Monday morning, high-ranking representatives from the Cannes Film Festival signed a pledge to deliver more work by women filmmakers into the world-renowned film festival. This is just one likely reason that the Time's Up movement and a French movement named 5050x2020, representing the advocacy for 50/50 representation by 2020, organized this demonstration.
Saying he would transform the movie festival, Thierry told the Associated Press: "We hope that Cannes will welcome these new initiatives". "We hope that it will reinforce the realization that the world is not the same anymore". "The world has changed".
She added that 71 male directors have received the Palme d'Or, the most prestigious award of the festival. Saturday's protest came ahead of the premiere of Eva Husson's "Girls of the Sun", which is about a Kurdish battalion of women soldiers.
Of the 21 films in competition this year, three are directed by women.
Its key commitments include the compilation of statistics to record the gender of the filmmakers and key crew of all submissions. The move comes as the topics of inclusion and equality have been front and centre here. Studies have shown that women directed 11 percent of the 250 most popular movies at the USA and Canada box office in 2017 - a figure only slightly above the same metric 20 years ago.
Gera's "Sir", which has been selected for Critic's Week, a sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival, will be showcased on May 14, 15 and 16 here. The attendees broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the Hollywood actress after the signing.