Cannes film festival has always been the best showcasing platform for film industries all around the world. Organized in Cannes, Paris, it is the most important juncture for the global film fraternity. Each and every year leading actors from Hollywood, Bollywood and other major film nations pay a visit to the venue and interact with their fans and paparazzi and promote their ventures in front of the entire world. So, it is an important event in the annual calendar.
But in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the organizers had earlier decided to postpone the event to a more suitable time. But looking at the way the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the leading nations in the world, especially in the home venue, the event has been scrapped.
As of now, the Cannes Film Festival will not take place in June. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers are now busy exploring other options for conducting the film festival on a later date this year. As reported in variety.com , They also mentioned that this event can’t go ahead “in its original form” due to the coronavirus crisis.
Here is what the message from the organizers read –
“Following the French President’s statement, on Monday, April 13th, we acknowledged that the postponement of the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the beginning of July, is no longer an option,” the festival said in a statement, adding: “It is clearly difficult to assume that the Festival de Cannes could be held this year in its original form.“
You can even see the Instagram post with the message –
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#Cannes2020 🎙 La Sélection officielle sera dévoilée par Thierry Frémaux, Délégué Général du Festival de Cannes, en présence de Pierre Lescure, son Président, jeudi 16 avril 2020 à 11h lors d’une conférence de presse. ➡ Plus d'infos : https://bit.ly/38rM3SH 👉 Partagez l'actualité du Festival avec le hashtag #Cannes2020 ! — #Cannes2020 🎙 The Official Selection will be unveiled by Thierry Frémaux, Festival de Cannes General Delegate, in attendance of its President Pierre Lescure, on Thursday, April 16th 2020 11 am CET during a press conference. ➡ More info : https://bit.ly/2wE4x55 👉 Share the news of the Festival with the hashtag #Cannes2020!
In March, an announcement was made that the 2020 Cannes Film festival will not be held as per the normal schedule. The organizers hesitantly planned to postpone the event until the end of June. The rise of COVID-19 cases in France and the rest of the world has thrown this possibility out of the window. Since its first film festival( which was held after World War II in 1946), the Cannes Film Festival has been canceled only once in 1968. That was due to the ongoing nationwide student riots.
The cancellation of this popular film fest would have a far-reaching impact on the worldwide film community. The previous year’s film market had reported a record of 12,527 participants in the event.