Cannes Film Festival Postponed Due to Coronavirus

The largest film festival in Europe Cannes Film Festival has followed the likes of the Glastonbury Festival and MetGala by announcing that this year’s edition is to be postponed.

The Cannes Film Festival organisers were on track to launch on the 12 May 2020 and were accepting the accreditations as per usual. The development in the pandemics, however, made the organisers change their minds.

Red Carpet Palais du Film Stairs Cannes Film Festival 2013 © Joe Alvarez

Cannes Film Festival

In a statement issued to all registered press, Cannes announced.

“At this time of the global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease.

Today, we have made the following decision: The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23. Several options are considered in order to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June-beginning of July 2020.

As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known, in accordance with our ongoing consultation with the French Government and Cannes’ City Hall as well as with the Festival’s Board Members, Film industry professionals and all the partners of the event.

In the meantime, the Festival de Cannes lends its vocal support to all of those who firmly call on everyone to respect the general lockdown, and ask to show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world.

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Red Carpet Palais du Film Stairs Cannes Film Festival 2013 © Joe Alvarez

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