Michael Moore made his firstpublic appearance in Cannes yesterday, revealing that he and Miramax Filmsbosses Harvey and Bob Weinstein are negotiating with third-party distributorsto have Fahrenheit 9/11 in US theatres by July.

"Our plan was to release thefilm on July 4 weekend," he said, "and in the discussions we are having withthose who are out to release it, the plan is that it must be released in July."

Earlier Moore had addressedthe demonstration by striking show business workers. Looking harried andclaiming that he was not enjoying the publicity surrounding Walt Disney Co'srefusal to release the film, Moore implied that his experience on Fahrenheit 9/11 was grist for the millfor future Moore material. "I have a lot to say about Disney and a lot thathasn't been reported," he said. "It is dangerous to give a guy like me a peekbehind the curtain and I will reveal all."

Moore went on to say thatrights have been sold in every other country in the world except Taiwan. "Fivemen and one woman [the Disney board] are making the decision as to what peopleshould see, and we are worse off as a country for that."