Cannes Film Festival postponed under crisis
The announcement finally came amid coronavirus crisis!
Better late than never. That is the only proper comment to the Cannes Film Festival delay. The organizers waited more than a week after WHO declare coronavirus a pandemic. Moreover, it actually comes 2 weeks after France banned all public gatherings. Considering the festival starts in May, the organizers took their time to make the delay official.
Cannes Film Festival postponed to July?
Sources say that early July is in consideration for the festival, but it is unconfirmed right now. The press conference scheduled for mid-April has also been delayed indefinitely. The organizers say:
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.
Meanwhile, Cannes Marché du Film has also been postponed. However, they are developing an online service for views. Companies will be able to book online screenings alongside physical screenings. Moreover, people who are unable to attend the event will be accommodated online. This part is important, considering we still do not know how long this pandemic will last.
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic:
The Cannes Film Festival made a statement:
At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19. We express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease. 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. We ask to show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world.
Jury president Spike Lee has said that ‘We are at war’. The festival has been going on uninterrupted since 1968. We are underestimating this pandemic and its consequences. This delay will have devastating consequences for both filmmakers and artists. Moreover, it will affect the local economy and the people of Cannes. France has crossed 11,000 cases, so it is unlikely that the Cannes Festival will go on within this summer.