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Telluride Film Festival Cancels 2020 Edition Due to Coronavirus Concerns


The Telluride Film Festival has introduced the cancellation of its 2020 version, which was slated to run from Sept. 3-7 in Colorado.

“After months of intense due diligence around physically holding an event, we’ve come to the heartbreaking but unanimous conclusion to cancel this year’s Labor Day celebration of film in Telluride,” the pageant stated in a press release on Tuesday. “But with a seemingly unending number of new cases of Covid-19 and the national chaos around it, even the best strategy is threatened by this out of control environment. No matter how much many of us wear our masks and observe social distancing protocols, the pandemic has worsened rather than improved.”


The pageant organizers stated they may quickly unveil the official lineup, including that “there are some incredible, powerful, and beautiful gems and we’re excited to extol their virtues when the time is right. Follow these titles, support them. We intend to champion them outside of the festival as best we can.”

Stay tuned to Collider for what would’ve been the official Telluride lineup, and within the meantime, learn the complete assertion under:

After months of intense due diligence round bodily holding an occasion, we’ve come to the heartbreaking however unanimous conclusion to cancel this 12 months’s Labor Day celebration of movie in Telluride. 

While there will likely be those that would possibly say they’re not stunned by it, that this was inevitable, we beg to vary. It didn’t should be this fashion. Until the previous week or so, we had an excellent plan to placed on the SHOW safely. But with a seemingly endless variety of new instances of Covid-19 and the nationwide chaos round it, even one of the best technique is threatened by this uncontrolled atmosphere. No matter how a lot many people put on our masks and observe social distancing protocols, the pandemic has worsened fairly than improved and the well being and security of you – our passholders, filmmakers, the folks of Telluride and its surrounding areas – can’t be compromised.  

As you could know, we have now been working cooperatively with our fellow fall movie pageant companions to champion world cinema and its artists. We hope that a lot of you’ll hunt down and uncover the titles we’ve chosen for this 12 months’s program on the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, or Venice Film Festival, or once they’re made out there on a wider foundation. We will announce quickly what we have now fastidiously programmed within the hopes that you’ll expertise as we did, one of the best in movie this 12 months. There are some unbelievable, highly effective, and exquisite gems and we’re excited to extol their virtues when the time is correct. Follow these titles, assist them. We intend to champion them outdoors of the pageant as finest we are able to. 

For those that have supported us and consider in what we try to do, our gratitude is gigantic. Thank you. We will want you within the coming months in some ways. Let’s mild candles now to conjure a greater 2021 and Labor Day weekend in Telluride, collectively, below the celebs within the mountains doing what many people love essentially the most. The manner we choose to expertise cinema will return.  Let’s make it so.

We want you good well being, peace and should we collectively transfer ahead to a greater world. 

Telluride’s cancellation is a nasty signal for the approaching awards season, although the Toronto International Film Festival is shifting forward whereas scaling again, and the Fantasia Film Festival will likely be digital this 12 months.

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