On March 19, 2020, the Cannes Film Festival announced that it could not go ahead as planned from May 12th to 23rd this year. That statement, made two months before the planned date of the Festival, was a consequence of the global crisis linked to the Covid-19 epidemic.
After having canvassed the views of its Administration Committee and consulted many professionals, from France and abroad, the Festival has announced that it will consider the possibility of a postponement of its 73rd edition to the end of June or the beginning of July, a plan devised in agreement with the Centre National du Cinéma, with the support of the Cannes City Council and thanks to the commitment of the Palais des Festivals and the Cannes hotel owners.
This decision has prompted a number of questions, so the festival team has published a highly informative text which sets out their thinking and provides further details on the potential postponement of the 73rd edition to the beginning of summer.
As regards their decision not to simply cancel the festival’s 2020 edition, the Cannes team argues that ’"a postponement might, we repeat might be possible”, bearing in mind that “no-one knows what will happen in the near future". "It’s not a matter of standing firm, but of analysing the situation with clarity and responsibility”. “We are working towards a deferred event, if at all possible. And if it is not possible, we will accept that", the text states.
The Cannes Festival team (whose selection committees are carrying on with their work as usual) specified that "the traditional press conference announcing the selection will not take place on April 16th. If the Festival is confirmed for the end of June or beginning of July, it will take place around one month beforehand, in Paris, at a date which is yet to be arranged." Also worth noting is the fact that the deadline for registering films has been extended by one month, with a new date – more than likely at the end of May - set to be announced in due course.
Read the whole text here.
K. H. Nikolova