Venice Film Festival is still scheduled to go ahead this year.
The 2020 Venice Film Festival scheduled for September this year is still in line to take place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the Italian news agency ANSA, the Venice Biennale confirmed the 77th edition of the international film festival is expected to air on its previously set September 2-12 dates.
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The President of the festival's parent organization, the Venice Biennale, Robert Cicutto, spoke with ANSA and understated the idea that Venice and Cannes were discussing new dates. Despite the latest comments made by Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux, there is unlikely to be a collaborative festival. Cicutto said,
With Cannes, everything is possible, but I find it disconcerting that Thierry Fremaux keeps saying he is continuing to examine the situation and does not say what he wants to do. We are going forward with our program, and if Cannes is still thinking it, then there is no dialogue.
Cicutto added he anticipates the attendance to be lower than usual while they are exploring options to make the best use of digital technology for the foreign press. Moreover, they've set the deadline at the end of May to propose changes to the festival producers.
The Venice festival director Alberto Barbera also confirmed any virtual option is out of the window. Previously, Cannes made a similar decision to postpone rather than go for a virtual festival. In fact, Cannes postponed the festival on multiple occasions; initially, the slot was set for May while the new proposed dates were in late June and early July. However, a virtual film market is scheduled to take place in late June.
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