Cannes Film Festival postponed due to COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Cannes hosts a 'special edition' of the 2020 Cannes film festival
FILE PHOTO: The official poster for the "Cannes 2020 Special" event is seen in front the closed Carlton Hotel on the Croisette in Cannes, France, October 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo

January 28, 2021

PARIS (Reuters) – The 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be postponed until July because of the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said on Wednesday.

Last year’s event was cancelled and replaced by a low-key event in October showcasing short films but without the A-list movie stars, directors and producers.

The festival will take place from July 6-17, the organisers said in a statement, two months later than planned.

Hollywood superstars normally flock to the Mediterranean town’s “Croisette” promenade for the two-week extravaganza, the world’s biggest cinema showcase and a major market for the industry.

The palm-fringed town has been a subdued version of its normally glamorous self since the coronavirus outbreak. Many of its swankiest hotels are closed, as are its restaurants and bars.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Janet Lawrence)