OFFICIALLY! Cannes 2020 Announces New Date Of Celebration Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

Ankita Chetana |Mar 22, 2020

Finally, Cannes 2020 is held back to June-July as the coronavirus outbreak has become more serious, according to President of the Cannes Film Festival Pierre Lescure.

As annual, Cannes 2020 is first scheduled to run in May, from 12th to 23rd and this year's celebration takes place in France - one of the heavily-affected countries in Europe because of the coronavirus outbreak. Passing over China (the first and biggest epicenter of Covid-19), Europe has shocked the world with enormous records of newly infected cases up to now.

Cannes 2020 Postponed
The Cannes Film Festival is rescheduled to June-July

On Thursday evening, Cannes 2020 announced its new date of celebration. A spokesperson for this annual festival said: "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. 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. 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 with the Festival's Board Members, Film industry professionals and all the partners of the event."

cannes president announce to postpone the festival
General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux (on the left) and the President of the Cannes Film Festival Pierre Lescure (on the right)

Earlier, the French government restricted the gatherings or celebrations of over 100 people, leading partly to the postponement of Cannes 2020. This country also forces to lock down and prevent non-EU citizens' entry to the Schengen zone.

Coronavirus In France
Serious condition of the coronavirus spread in France caused the postponement of Cannes 2020

Apart from Cannes 2020, some other events such as The Cannes Lions Festival, MIPTV, and TV festival CanneSeries were also postponed or canceled. It's also not the first time of the Cannes Film Festival cancelation. The celebration in 1939, 1947, and 1968 had been rescheduled due to the chaotic situations of Europe at that time.

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