Cannes Film Festival to Explore All Possibilities for Its 2020 Edition After Axing June-July Plans

Organizers vow to support the year of Cinema in a way or another although they have accepted that it will be difficult to hold the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival in its original form.

AceShowbiz - Cannes Film Festival bosses are committed to staging an event to mark 2020 once the coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed, but they insist any gathering will not look like the typical South of France celebration.

The May event was rescheduled to late June, and then the beginning of July, but now festival chiefs accept Cannes is unlikely to go ahead "in its original form".

"We acknowledged that the postponement of the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the beginning of July, is no longer an option," a festival statement 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..."

"Each and everyone knows that many uncertainties are still reigning over the international health situation. We hope to be able to communicate promptly regarding the shapes that this Cannes 2020 will take."

On Monday, April 13, French President Emmanuel Macron ruled all festivals or events with large gatherings would be cancelled until at least mid-July. All public gathering spaces, including cinemas, restaurants and bars will remain closed until further notice.

His decision comes as the COVID-19 death toll in France passes 10,000.

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