Yesterday, Wednesday, the organizers of the Cannes International Festival announced the postponement of one of the most important film festivals in the world from its traditional date in May to next July, due to the Corona pandemic.
In a statement, the organizers said that in the fall, they would change the dates of the festival “in light of the evolution of the health situation in the world.”The statement added that “the festival, which was scheduled from 11 to 22 May 2021, will be held from Tuesday 6 July 2021 to Saturday 17 there.”
The international cinematic event preferred to advertise in advance, to postpone the next edition, rather than having to cancel it, if the health situation deteriorated for the second year in a row.
This annual film event could not be organized in May 2020 due to the pandemic, and the organizers only published a list of 56 feature films, which are the works chosen to participate in the official competition.
A symbolic version of the festival was held in the fall, in which four films were shown on this list.
The Festival de Cannes is an important front for French and foreign films, and filmmakers of all specialties are racing to win its prestigious awards.
The 71st edition of the festival will be held “in two phases,” the first of which is a virtual official competition with prizes being distributed in March, while performances open to the public will be held in June.
All eyes are now turning to the Venice Festival, which is scheduled to take place between September 1 and 11. However, with the postponement of the most important cinematic dates, questions are raised about the ability to adhere to the date of the Italian festival, as well as the Spanish San Sebastian Festival, which is to be held in mid-September.
The Cannes Film Festival is of great cultural and economic importance, as it usually attracts about 40,000 professionals in the film sector annually and 200,000 spectators.
The 2021 edition coincides with re-moving the wheel of global cinema, in light of efforts to extricate the sector from its months-long crisis due to the closure of cinemas around the world and the postponement of the release of a large number of films.