Cannes Film Festival Host Special Edition In October, Confirms Dates For 2021
Organisers of the annual Cannes Film Festival have announced a three-day "special" physical event to be held on the 27th - 29th October at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The three-day event is being run in lieu of the regular Festival, which had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The "2020 Special Cannes" has been described as "a demonstration of our health-conscious, cultural, and economic capacity to host the best-known events". It will be screening films from the 2020 official selections as well as short films selected from the Cinéfondation's school films.
Pierre Lescure, the president of the Festival de Cannes, speaking to the organisation of the special edition said: "We are delighted to see the Festival hosted by the Cannes City Hall in October, just as we were sad not to have held the event in May. This is our way to be in Cannes, alongside its population and all the professionals with whom we work hand in hand every year."
The Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, remarked that: "We wanted the presence of the Festival de Cannes in 2020 to symbolise our fight on behalf of the events sector, which provides a living for hundreds of families, as well as the cultural impact for our city. It was imperative therefore that the Festival show up in Cannes for this extraordinary event, which respects all the usual rules: quality screenings in front of a regular audience, in evening dress, on the famous red carpet.