Cannes Film Festival Has Been Postponed

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France’s premier event will officially not go ahead in its traditional May slot. 

The 2020 edition of the Cannes Film Festival has been postponed with late June early July dates considered. Organizers confirmed Thursday evening that the iconic film festival will no longer take place during the scheduled dates of May 12-23 and that several options are being considered, including postponing the event until the beginning of summer. 

“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 organizers said in a statement. “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.”

They continued: “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, and ask to show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world.”

This is only the second ever time the festival has been postponed. The first was after WW2 in 1946.