Cannes says film festival may be put off till summer

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Elle Fanning attends the screening of 'Les Miserables' during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival. (Getty Images)
Elle Fanning attends the screening of 'Les Miserables' during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival. (Getty Images)
  • The Cannes Film Festival "will certainly take place in 2021".
  • But, the date might be moved from May to June or July.
  • About 45 000 people attend the festival every year.


The Cannes Film Festival, the world's biggest, may be pushed back to the summer this year from its usual May date because of the Covid crisis, organisers said on Wednesday.

The festival, scheduled for 11 to 22 May, "will certainly take place in 2021", a spokeswoman told AFP, but could be postponed to a time between the end of June and the end of July.

The festival was cancelled last year, while rival European events in Berlin and Venice went ahead under strict health restrictions.

Organisers still need some time "to evaluate the situation at the start of the year" before making a decision, the Cannes spokeswoman said.

The Berlin Film Festival, which usually kicks off in February, said last month it would run this year's edition in two stages, an online offering for industry professionals in March and a public event in June.

In 2019, Cannes' coveted Palme d'Or was awarded to South Korean film "Parasite" by Bong Joon-ho, which went on to win the first Best Picture Oscar for a non-English film at the Hollywood Academy Awards.

The Cannes festival attracts some 45 000 people with official accreditations every year, of whom around 4 500 are journalists.

Its Film Market, held alongside the main competition, is the industry's biggest marketplace for producers, distributors, buyers and programmers.

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