Cannes Film Festival 2021 Postponed to July

Responding to the continuous Covid pandemic, the marquee French occasion has rescheduled the dates during the current year’s release.

The Cannes Film Festival has bowed to the unavoidable, reporting Wednesday that it will move the current year’s occasion from May to July, because of security worries around the continuous novel Covid pandemic.

“As announced last autumn, the Festival de Cannes reserved the right to change its dates depending on how the global health situation developed,” Cannes said in a statement. “Initially scheduled from 11 to 22 May 2021, the Festival will therefore now take place from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 17 July 2021.”

The move, while expected, will have a domino impact across the celebration circuit. The Venice Film Festival is planned to commence Sept. 1. Cannes’ new dates mean there will be under two months between Europe’s No. 1 and No. 2 celebrations, setting up a likely showdown as the two occasions go after the world debuts and honorary pathway star power.

Cannes had to cancel the celebration a year ago in the midst of the first wave of the Covid pandemic. Venice was held as arranged, though with severe security measures, including covers and social distancing.

Berlin, Europe’s other enormous three celebration, has selected a half and half model this year. Berlin will hold an online-just occasion in March and an extra, in-person celebration in the German capital in June.

France, alongside the vast majority of Europe, stays in lockdown in the midst of the second flood of the Covid pandemic. Inoculation programs have been turned out across the mainland, yet progress has been drowsy. France, which had expected to vaccinate 1,000,000 residents against COVID-19 before the finish of January, presently looks improbable to hit that focus before mid-February at the most punctual. Things have been exacerbated with a question between the European Union and U.K.- based drugmaker AstraZeneca over a deferral in vaccine deliveries.