The 2020 edition of Cannes Film Festival, the mecca of movies, has been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak and its rapid spread across the world.
The Festival was scheduled for May 12 to 23, however organisers said in a statement that this cannot happen and scenarios for end of June – beginning of July are on their table.
“As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known,” the statement reads.
Due to the health crisis and the development of the French and international situation, the Festival de Cannes will no longer be able to take place on the dates planned, from May 12 to 23. More info #Cannes2020 👉 https://t.co/peLmfw0gQW pic.twitter.com/SVWPasvU23
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) March 19, 2020
The Cannes Film Festival, which kicked-off for the first time in 1946, has only be cancelled once since then, in 1968, during the so-called May 68, when the festival ended a week early, due to French students’ demonstration, urging organisers to stand in solidarity with them against capitalism, consumerism, American imperialism and traditional institutions.