The coronavirus pandemic has affected several industries across the world and there’s still uncertainty over several important global events. Out of such important events is the Cannes Film Festival. As per the original schedule, the festival was supposed to take place from 12th May to 23rd May, which is sure shot not happening now.
As per the latest reports that are flowing in, the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival have decided to not make any new schedule until the end of June. Also, different ideas are being explored to ensure the smooth run of the festival. Initially, it was said that it may take place towards the end of June or the start of July, which eventually got drop-down as French President Emmanuel Macron stated of prohibiting public gatherings till mid of July, despite lockdown being announced till 11th May.
The festival released a statement on Tuesday, which reads, “It is clearly difficult to assume that the Festival de Cannes could be held this year in its original form. Nevertheless, since yesterday evening we have started many discussions with professionals, in France and abroad. They agree that the Festival de Cannes, an essential pillar for the film industry, must explore all contingencies allowing to support the year of cinema by making Cannes 2020 real, in a way or another.”
Also, while talking to Variety, festival director Thierry Frémaux said, “(For) Cannes, its soul, its history, its efficiency, it’s a model that wouldn’t work. What is a digital festival? A digital competition? We should start by asking rights holders if they agree.”