COVID-19 IMPACT SERIES- Festivals

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As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to spread across the globe, organisers of various festivals across the globe have been forced to either make extensive postponements or outright cancellation. Some are listed below.  

-The 73rd Cannes Film Festival, set for May 12-23, has been postponed. Organizers said, “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.”

-The 46th Seattle International Film Festival, set for May 14-June 7, is canceled.

-The Edinburgh International Film Festival, the UK’s oldest festival, has postponed its 74th edition scheduled for June 17-28. It said it hopes it can stage some elements of the event at a later date.

-The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity has been postponed from June 22-26 to October 26-30.

-The 2020 Sydney Film Festival, due to run June 3-14, is canceled.

-The 50th edition of the Glastonbury music festival, due to run June 24-28, is canceled.

-The 18th annual Golden State Film Festival will be online-only, and all of its physical events are canceled.

-The 21st annual Newport Beach Film Festival, set for April 23-30, has been postponed.

-The fifth annual Doc10 Film Festival, scheduled for April 16-19 in Chicago, has been postponed until summer.

-Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival ended its seventh edition prematurely March 12 after six days of operations.

-The DTLA Film Festival has postponed its 12th edition set for this year.

-BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, set to run March 18-29, has been canceled.

-The San Francisco International Film Festival, planned for April 8-21, has been canceled.

-The Garden State Film Festival, set for March 25-29 in Asbury Park, NJ, has been changed to online-only.

-The Sonoma International Film Festival, due to take place March 25-29 in Sonoma, CA, is canceled.

-The Canadian Film Fest, set for March 24-28, is canceled.

-The 22nd annual Ebertfest, set April 14-17 in Champaign, IL, is canceled.

-The ninth annual Sun Valley Film Festival, set for March 18-22 in Idaho, is canceled.

-The 19th annual Tribeca Film Festival, set for April 15-26 in Manhattan, is postponed.

-The 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival, set for April 16-19 in Hollywood, is canceled.

-The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, set for April 1-5, is postponed.

-The second annual French Riviera Film Festival has been rescheduled to June 8-9 in Santa Monica and Brentwood.

-The 20th annual Beverly Hills Film Festival, set to run April 1-5, is postponed until further notice.

-The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and sister event the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, both taking place in the desert of Indio, CA have been postponed. Coachella moved its dates from April 10-12 and April 17-19 to October 9-11 and October 16-18, and Stagecoach moved from April 24-26 to October 23-25

-The Prague International Film Festival has moved off its March 19-27 dates to an undetermined slot in 2020

-SXSW, the film, music and tech festival that runs March 13-22 in Austin, is canceled

-The Geena Davis-cofounded Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas has moved its 2020 dates from April 29-May 2 to August 5-8

-Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival, originally set to run March 12-21 in Jeddah, is canceled. Organizers said the event will be rescheduled

-The 22nd annual Thessaloniki Documentary Festival planned for March 5-15 in Greece is postponed, with organizers eyeing dates in late May or early June

-In Switzerland, the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, set for March 6-15 in Geneva, and Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne (Think Cinema Lausanne), set for March 4-8, were both canceled.

-The Ultra Music Festival in Miami is cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus. The 21-year-old electronic music festival was scheduled from March 20-22.