In mid-March, the organizers of the Cannes International Film Festival announced that the film festival would be postponed due to the Corona crisis. But the planned evasion period can now not be met. At that time, the organizers did not yet give a fixed new date, but stated that they were planning for late June or early July 2020. The festival was originally supposed to take place in mid-May.
The shift to June or July “was no longer an option”, it says in a statement. It is now clear that it will be difficult to hold the festival “in its original form”. One is in talks with many French and international representatives of the film industry to discuss possible solutions. Everyone agrees that alternative routes must now also be examined. “We hope to be able to announce in what form Cannes 2020 will take place soon.”
In autumn or online?
In France, it is currently rumored that the International Film Festival might take place in the fall, as the US industry paper “Variety” reports. However, the film festivals in Venice, Toronto and San Sebastián are already planned for September alone.
Another possibility would be that the film festival takes place virtually. Festival director Thierry Fremaux (59) already had last week explained in conversation with “Variety”that in his opinion it was a model “that would not work”. “Soul, history and efficiency” were missing.