The Cannes Film Festival, an internationally renowned event that draws in some of the biggest and brightest stars, as well as elite individuals within the film industry, is officially postponing its 73rd annual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19, and we express our solidarity with all those who are fighting the disease,” organizers said in a press release on Thursday.
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“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.”
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
The official rescheduled dates of the event remain unknown.
However, organizers will update attendees and the public as soon as the coronavirus situation in France, as well as the rest of the world, has subsided enough for them to select an appropriate time.
Organizers continue to work with the French government and Cannes’ City Hall as well as the Festival’s Board members, industry professionals, and partners of the event to keep up to date with the most recent information that will help them determine when the event will be held down the line.
“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,” the release continues.
“And ask to show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world.”