The Cannes Film Festival was cancelled last year owing to the COVID pandemic. The event, which was scheduled this May, has been postponed to July with hopes that it will be an in-person festival.
The organizers announced that the gala festival will be held from July 6 to 17. The French Riviera festival has been running for 75 years now and will be held this summer in a hope that the corona virus will recede by then.
Last year, the Cannes festival was postponed to June-July before being completely cancelled. The festival, however, went ahead with a selection announcement to celebrate the films it had planned to include in its prestigious line-up.
This year, the organizers intend to have the festival in one way or the other. If they go ahead with the plan, this will be the first major festival after the Venice Film Festival where movie buffs were seen with masks and maintain social distancing and other protocols.
On Thursday, the premier independent film festival, Sundance, launched with virtual screening of selected films and drive-in events. While, the Berlin Film Festival, scheduled for March in Germany will be a virtual one keeping the COVID crisis in mind.
The Cannes central hub, the Palais des Festivals, has been used for hospital beds and as a vaccination centre.