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Cannes Film Festival postponed due to coronavirus

Director Spike Lee accepts the Grand Jury Prize for the movie 'BlacKkKlansman' during the Closing Awards Ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 19 May 2018.
Director Spike Lee accepts the Grand Jury Prize for the movie 'BlacKkKlansman' during the Closing Awards Ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 19 May 2018. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

The Cannes Film Festival in France has changed its plans for May 2020 in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced on Thursday.

The festival will no longer take place May 12-23, although it has not been fully cancelled for the year.

“Due to the health crisis and the development of the French and international situation, the Festival de Cannes will no longer be able to take place on the dates planned,” organizers wrote in a statement on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

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Organizers say they have not decided on whether to postpone the 2020 festival or to simply scrap it until next year. However, they are considering bumping it until the end of June or early July, according to a statement on the festival’s website.

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Spike Lee is currently slated to be the jury president for this year’s festival.

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The Cannes change-up is just the latest in a long series of public events that have been affected due to the outbreak, which causes the disease known as COVID-19.

The disease has had a domino effect on entertainment industry events, toppling one scheduled date after another as the world tries to wait out the virus through social distancing measures.

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