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Cannes says film festival may be put off till summer

/ 06:46 PM January 07, 2021
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Cannes film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux (L) and French director of the Cannes film festival Pierre Lescure pose as they arrive at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres ahead of Cannes 2020 Special. Image: AFP / VALERY HACHE.

The Cannes Film Festival, the world’s biggest, may be pushed back to the summer of 2021 from its usual May date because of the COVID-19 crisis, organizers said Wednesday, Jan. 6.

The festival, scheduled for May 11 to 22, “will certainly take place in 2021,” a spokeswoman told AFP, but could be postponed to a time between the end of June and the end of July.

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The festival was canceled last year, while rival European events in Berlin and Venice went ahead under strict health restrictions.

Organizers still need some time “to evaluate the situation at the start of the year” before making a decision, the Cannes spokeswoman said.

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The Berlin Film Festival, which usually kicks off in February, said in December 2020 that it would run this year’s edition in two stages, an online offering for industry professionals in March and a public event in June.

In 2019, Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or was awarded to South Korean film “Parasite” by Bong Joon-ho, which went on to win the first Best Picture award for a non-English film at the Academy Awards.

The Cannes festival attracts some 45,000 people with official accreditations every year, around 4,500 of whom are journalists.

Its Film Market, held alongside the main competition, is the industry’s biggest marketplace for producers, distributors, buyers and programmers. CC

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