YouPorn Vice President Charlie Hughes has extended a helping hand to the Cannes Film Festival amid a coronavirus crisis which forced the event to postpone.
The pandemic, which has already wreaked havoc with the film industry, has seen numerous high-profile events cancel or postpone as the world locks 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 put their event on ice. “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.”
While an early summer date looks to be an ambitious one, an unsuspecting offer of assistance has arrived from YouPorn who say they can provide “top quality content” and “endless possibilities” should the two platforms strike up an unlikely partnership.
YouPorn Vice President Charlie Hughes emailed Pierre Lescure, the President of Cannes Film Festival, directly to offer his proposal: “We have been closely following the discussions about this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, and knowing the decision to postpone this year’s was a difficult one, we wanted to offer an alternative that will guarantee an impactful debut for selected films,” Huges writes.
“At YouPorn, in the face of a pandemic, we take our role in people’s now more socially distanced lives seriously, in terms of keeping our community connected and entertained. We’d hate to see this renowned event called off for the first time in its 73-year history, so YouPorn would like to formally offer the Cannes International Film Festival an opportunity to stream its feature films and official lineup announcement (scheduled for April 16) in a very special section on our site.”
“We have a robust infrastructure already in place for large scale content streaming and would be delighted to help keep this esteemed event on track with its initially planned programming and timing.”
See the full letter, below.