From travel to tickets, this year’s Cannes Film Festival has no shortage of challenges. On Thursday, a new headache gripped the coastal city: widespread loss of life.
French telecommunications company SFR – the second-largest telecommunications service provider in the country serving more than 25 million customers – has confirmed on its website that nearly 49% of customers experience Internet outages, with 22% reported total service failures. Issues have been flagged since this morning, starting shortly after 9am local time.
The latest power outage reports and problems are confirmed in cities such as Cannes, Nice, Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier and several others.
Right after lunch time, internet service was cut off The Hollywood ReporterThe Cannes office is just around the corner from the Croisette. Spotty service continues for two hours from press time. As confirmed by a Cannes local and IT expert, the outage is expected to affect local businesses, hotels and the general business of the festival.
Thursday kicked off with a digital headache, unlike the Cannes festival. The prestigious festival’s sudden embrace of the TikTok era appears to have hit a snag when Cambodian artist Rithy Panh stepped down as jury chair of Cannes’ inaugural TikTok short film competition (aka Cannes). #TikTokShortFilm) after disagreeing over artistic independence. “Following persistent disagreements over the independence and sovereignty of the TikTok Short Film Festival jury, I have decided to step down as president of that jury,” Panh said in a statement. The Hollywood Reporter.
More will come.