Kelvin Redvers turned away from Cannes red carpet for wearing moccasins

Image: Kelvin Redvers Twitter page

CMEDIA/ A Dene filmmaker, Kelvin Redvers, from the Northwest Territories and works in B.C.  was reportedly turned away from the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival because he was wearing moccasins.

As part of a delegation of six Indigenous filmmakers with support from Telefilm, the Indigenous Screen Office, and Capilano University’s FILMBA program, Redvers traveled to France and was invited to a red carpet screening of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Les Amandiers

Redvers thought his moccasins, paired with a tux, would qualify with Cannes’ strict rules around formal wear on the red carpet — black tie for men, evening gowns for women — but there are accommodations for traditional formal wear, such as Scottish kilts or Indian saris.

Although Redvers was eventually allowed back on the red carpet after swapping footwear, he said the incident had upset him as well as his contingent.

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