After many defiant attempts to keep the dream of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival alive, organisers have been forced to accept defeat and cancel the event.
The pandemic, which has already wreaked havoc with the film industry, has seen most high-profile events cancel or postpone as the world locked down on mass gatherings of people and governments enforce strict social distancing rules.
Cannes, who repeatedly insisted that they would go ahead with the 2020 edition despite the growing concerns around the current COVID-19 pandemic, finally succumbed to the reality of the situation and postpone their event to a later date. “We have made the following decision: The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23,” a statement reads on the festival’s website. “Several options are considered in order to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June (or) beginning of July 2020.”
Now though, despite their optimistic hoped of going ahead, festival director Thierry Frémaux has told Screen Daily that the 73rd annual Cannes Film Festival that the plans have been cancelled.
“Under the circumstances, a physical edition of Cannes 2020 is hard to envisage, so we’ll have to do something different,” Frémaux explained.
“A ‘festival’ is a collective party, a spectacle that brings together an audience in a given location, in this case on the Croisette, in the presence of thousands of people. Everyone understands that that’s impossible this year. The Cannes Film Festival, which by its nature is a globalised institution, can’t escape being a victim in the same way as the rest of human activities.”