Cannes Film Festival postponed again due to coronavirus

By Zach Harper

The 2020 Cannes Film Festival hasn't been cancelled outright due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers have conceded it won't take place "in its original form" in 2020.

Earlier this year, the marquee film festival was postponed from May 12-23 to the end of June. That new timing has also become increasingly unlikely to happen as the coronavirus has continued to spread worldwide. On April 14, organizers said they need to come up with a different plan if they want to hold it at all this year.

"We have started many discussions with professionals, in France and abroad," a press release from the organizers read, according to Entertainment Tonight. "They agree that the Festival de Cannes, an essential pillar for the film industry, must explore all contingencies allowing to support the year of Cinema by making Cannes 2020 real, in a way or another.

"When the health crisis, whose resolution remains the priority of all, passes, we will have to reiterate and prove the importance of cinema and the role that its work, artists, professionals, film theatres and their audiences, play in our lives."

Director Bong Joon-ho's Parasite won the Palme d'Or in 2019. The film went on to win four Academy Awards earlier this year, including Best Picture. Photo: © Tony Barson/FilmMagic

It's still not known what Cannes will look like this year, but organizers also said they'll communicate that information soon. The coronavirus pandemic has posed numerous major problems for the entertainment industry and of course, film festivals are good barometers for what fans can expect to see nominated for awards in 2021.

As of this writing, more than 2 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 185 countries and regions. France has had more than 131,000 infections, while the United States, home to a large portion of the world's film industry, has logged more than 610,000 cases. More than 129,000 people have died worldwide from the illness, and more than 502,000 people have completely recovered from it.


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