Coronavirus brings Cannes to a hopeful halt

The dream is over for the year. Cannes would be beautiful in an empty summer, but we can't get there.

The Cannes Film Festival has at last responded to pressure created by COVID-19 and announced that it ‘cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23. Several options are considered in order to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June-beginning of July, 2020.’

On March 6, it announced that accreditations were running 9% ahead of last year. On March 11, festival president Pierre Lescure was still expecting to go ahead. But last Friday, the French government forbad any gatherings of more than 100 people, while shutting all schools, universities and daycare centres. Cinema closures followed. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.