Cannes Film Festival postponed again

The Samikhsya Bureau

MUMBAI: The ongoing global pandemic has forced the hosts of the famous Cannes Film Festival to postpone the global event for the second time.

The 75-year-old festival, being mounted every year at Cannes in France could not be hosted last year, as scheduled for the month of May, due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

The festival for the year 2021 was scheduled for May 11 to 22.

However, in view of the prevailing situation arising out of Covid-19 that still poses risk of organising an event in physical mode, the hosts have rescheduled it to July 6 to 17.

The decision was taken following a Board meeting of the festival this week.

The dates – May 11 to 22 – did not seem feasible as France is on the verge of a new lockdown in order to combat the spread of the second wave of Covid-19.

Founded in 1946, the entry-by-invitation-only festival is held annually, usually in May, at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. It previews films of all genres including documentaries from all over the world.

The Cannes Film Festival is known as one of the ‘Big Five’ film festivals of the world, the four others being Venice Film Festival in Italy, Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and the Sundance Film Festival in the United States.