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Is The Cannes Film Festival 2020 Cancelled?

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The Cannes Film Festival is an annual film festival in France. The event previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world. Is Cannes going to happen this year?

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Will The Cannes Film Festival Happen?

The organizers of the Cannes Film Festival canceled its 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But they also announced the films that would have made it to the event.

Nevertheless, Festival de Cannes awarded its seal of approval to 56 films, which will premiere at other festivals. It is one of the most important film industry events.

Initially scheduled for mid-May, organizers postponed the Cannes film festival to July. Later they called off the event due to the global spread of COVID-19.

Its cancelation due to the coronavirus pandemic is a disaster for the organizers. The artistic director Thierry Fremaux and his team had already invested a lot of work. They viewed more than 2,000 films submitted this year.

Line-up For The Event

Pierre Lescure and Thierry Fremaux announced the official line-up of the selection on Wednesday
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Although the festival was canceled, but the organizers couldn’t watch other prominent festivals present the best films of 2020. So, on June 3, 2020, Pierre Lescure, the President of Cannes, along with Thierry Frémaux, announced the line-up of the Festival de Cannes’ 73rd edition, live from an empty theatre in Paris. Organizers chose 56 films for the Cannes seal of approval.

This time the selection process was different as there was no competition in any form. They weren’t going to award a Golden Palm to any film; instead, they gave the Cannes seal of approval this year.

Surprisingly, few US films made it to the line-up. Wes Anderson’s, The French Dispatch, and the animated film Soul by Pete Doctor, also received the Cannes seal of approval.

Organizers also included two works by the British Oscar-winning director and artist Steve McQueen in the line-up, naming, Lovers Rock, and Mangrove.

Not surprisingly, South Korea was also represented with its two productions. Last year, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite was the big winner of the Cannes Film Festival and also received the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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