Cannes television festival cancelled over coronavirus


MIPTV, one of the world’s biggest television and entertainment markets, has been cancelled because of the coronavirus, the organisers said. The huge gathering in Cannes was due to take place from March 30 to April 2.

Canneseries, which runs in parallel to MIPTV, has also been postponed until October.

However, for the moment, the 73rd Cannes Film Festival, which is due to take place from May 12th to Mary 23rd, still appears to be on track, according to organisers, although speculation was rife on Monday as to whether it would be cancelled.  More than 2,000 people attend the festival.

A spokesperson at the Cannes festival said “There is nothing new on our side, the festival teams are at work,” she said. “The management remains in contact with the [Alpes-Maritimes] Prefecture and will take all necessary measures to respect the legislation.”

But jitters around whether the festival will take place, and whether to attend if it does, persist, especially following the eleventh-hour cancellation of SXSW, MIPTV and the postponement of Filmart in Hong Kong.

Source: RFI, Screen Daily