Coronavirus: Cannes Film Festival 2021 likely postponed until July amid COVID-19 delays, report says

The Cannes Film Festival could face a substantial 2021 delay, one year after the novel coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to scrap the prestigious event’s 73rd iteration, Variety reported.

The 2021 event could get pushed back from its traditional May booking to July, but a formal announcement regarding potential date changes is not expected until later this month, the publication reported.

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The 2020 event had been slated to take place from May 12-23, but organizers announced April 14, 2020, that the mounting COVID-19 pandemic necessitated abandoning the festival in its “original form.” A more modest, three-day showcase was staged in its place, Vanity Fair reported.

According to Variety, Cannes 2021 will most likely occur from July 5-25, with hospitality interests along the French Riviera alerted to the potential date change last week.

“We’d much prefer if the festival happens in May, obviously, but we’ve said we’ll be happy to get prepared to welcome the festival in July,” the owner of a hotel situated near the Palais des Festivals told the publication.

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