AGENCIES, Cannes: The Cannes Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, has been postponed over fears surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. It was scheduled to be held from May 12-23.
A statement released by the festival committee reads, “At this time of 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. 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.”
There have been speculations that the festival would be cancelled because of the spread of the virus much like numerous other events which have been postponed like Euro 2020, Indian Premier League and International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA).
Earlier, organisers had said that they were optimistic about the situation and would hold the festival if matters did not worsen. But the critical point seems to have been breached. With France under lockdown for the past three days, this seems to be only measure left for the festival.
Its official Twitter handle updated a post, stating, “Due to the health crisis and the development of the French and international situation, the Festival de Cannes will no longer be able to take place on the dates planned, from May 12 to 23.”
Due to the health crisis and the development of the French and international situation, the Festival de Cannes will no longer be able to take place on the dates planned, from May 12 to 23. More info #Cannes2020 👉 https://t.co/peLmfw0gQW pic.twitter.com/SVWPasvU23
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) March 19, 2020