2021 Palm Springs International Film Festival Is Canceled

Jessica Chastain at the 2018 Palm Springs festival. Photo by Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9306496y)

It’s official—the 2021 edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival is canceled. News of the cancelation was confirmed by The Palm Springs International Film Society Monday. But the Film Awards presentation is still on and set for February 25 and the Palm Springs ShortFest is still scheduled for June 22-28.

The Festival is set to return in 2022. 

“As we reach the end of the year, it is clear that it will not be possible to mount the film festival the way we envisioned it. This has not been an easy choice but we have made the decision to skip the 2021 edition. Rest assured that we plan to be back in 2022 when we can safely be together again in the theaters. Until then, we will continue our mission to share the very best in cinema through our Member and Community programs,” an email penned by board chair Harold Matzner reads.

2021 should have been the popular US film festival’s 32nd edition and was set for February 25-March 8.