RAW VISION: Man dives under America Ferrera's dress
Blink and you'll miss it, but a trespasser found his way onto the Cannes Film Festival red carpet and dived under actress America Ferrera's dress before security pulled him away.PT1M2S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-38g92 620 349 May 17, 2014
Cate Blanchett was a shocked bystander as a man climbed under the dress of fellow actress America Ferrera on the Cannes red carpet.
The pair had arrived for the world premiere of How To Train Your Dragon 2 and were posing for a photo when the ugly incident occurred on Friday.
Festival security had to drag the man away after he rushed the red carpet wearing a suit and tie, jumped behind former Ugly Betty star Ferrera and slipped under her dress.
A man is arrested by security as he tries to slip under the dress of actress America Ferrera. Photo: Reuters
Ferrera was unhurt but clearly shaken up while Blanchett and Dragon co-stars Jay Baruchel, Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou, all posing for the photo, were left shocked and shaking their heads.
Several reports claimed the man was Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk, a serial "prankster" at entertainment events.
Sediuk has in the past tried to kiss Will Smith on a red carpet, hugged the crotches of Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper, and crashed the Grammys stage during Adele's acceptance speech.
Cate Blanchett looks on as the man is dragged away. Photo: Reuters
The red carpet at the world's biggest film festival is renowned for its tight security.
Officials are yet to comment on the incident.
Australian Naomi Watts also attended the premiere for the 3D animated film sequel, which has been well-received by critics at Cannes.
Cate Blanchett on the Cannes red carpet. Photo: Reuters
Earlier, Blanchett slammed funding cuts to Screen Australia announced in the federal budget as "short-sighted".
Australia's television and film funding body will be $38 million worse off over the next four years under widespread arts cuts announced by the government this week.
Blanchett said the government had failed to recognise the economic and diplomatic significance of culture with its tough budget.
"I think there's a lot of concerns in the budget generally, not only the film industry," Blanchett said on Friday.
"It's not only a potent industry that feeds Australia at home but culture generally, for any nation, is a piece of soft diplomacy.
"It's a way that we understand the way the mind of a country works.
"It's a huge economic driver at home and I think it (the budget) is very short-sighted."
Blanchett, who won Academy Awards for her roles in The Aviator and Blue Jasmine, started her career with the Sydney Theatre Company and is a passionate supporter of the Australian arts industry.