Cannes Film Festival has come under fire after reports women were turned away from a red carpet screening for wearing flat shoes instead of heels.
The women - some of whom were said to be older with medical conditions - were attending the world premiere of Cate Blanchett's new film Carol.
Screen Daily said the festival had confirmed heels were obligatory for women at red carpet screenings. However the director of the festival said the "rumours" were "unfounded".
A note about dress codes on the festival's website appears to reinforce his point. It says "black tie /evening dress is required for gala screenings" - with no guidance on heel height.
Screen Daily first reported the story, after a "Cannes regular" told them how a woman wearing Rhinestone-encrusted flat shoes was denied entry.
The unnamed source said: "Someone I know was turned away for wearing nice flats, nothing you would wear to the beach. They were in their 50s. They told her she could go and buy appropriate shoes and come back."
A spokesperson for the festival confirmed to the BBC on email: "Rules have not changed throughout the years (tuxedo, formal dress for gala screenings) and there is no specific mention about the height of the women's heels as well as for men's." She added that hosts and hostesses were reminded of the rules.
The story provoked widespread outrage on Twitter, where the head of film at the SXSW festival, Janet Pierson, tweeted a link to the story with the words: "Why I don't go to Cannes".
Buzzfeed's film critic Alison Willmore said actress Emily Blunt had been asked about the story at a press conference whilepromoting her own film, Sicario, at Cannes.
Buzzfeed的电影评论家艾莉森·威尔莫(Alison Willmore)称女星艾米莉·布朗特在戛纳电影节宣传她自己的电影《边境杀手》 之际，于一场记者招待会上被问到女星被拒的问题。
"I think everyone should wear flats," the Devil Wears Prada star said, according to Willmore.