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The coronavirus crisis threatens European film

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- We present an overview of the cancelled and postponed film events, the measures announced by the countries' institutions and the new VOD initiatives launched during the COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus crisis threatens European film

The fear of the coronavirus outbreak keeps wreaking havoc across the world, and the European film industry is certainly no stranger to its repercussions. After the alarm was first raised in other sectors, it is now the film industry's turn to suffer cancellations, postponements and reorganisations due to the measures being adopted by various European governments. As the number of infections escalates quickly all across the continent and the authorities attempt to stop it from growing any bigger, film bodies in charge of organising film festivals, markets and other events are being forced to modify them and adapt them to the current situation.

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EuroVOD is providing us with information on the initiatives from the local VOD services.

The new measures being implemented by European countries' authorities in order to support the industry, as well as to get shoots, gatherings and screenings in cinemas back on track after the shock of the pandemic, besides those adopted during the confinement, are now being collected here.

The events that have been postponed and are aiming to celebrate a physical edition in the coming months are now here.

Here is the list of events cancelled or postponed as of 1 July:

Austria

Initatives from VOD platforms Lacinetek.de, Vodclub.online (read more)

17th Vienna Shorts (original dates 28 May-2 June, moved online)

17th Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz (original dates 21-16 April, cancelled)

23rd Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film (original dates 24-29 March, cancelled)

Belgium

Initative from VOD platforms universcine.be, Tënk, Nok-Ze-Doc (read more)

14th Festival International du Film Policier de Liège (original dates 7-10 May, cancelled)

8th MOOOV Film Festival (original dates 21 April-4 May, partly moved online, party postponed to Film Fest Gent, October, and Film Festival Oostende, January)

38th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (original dates 7-19 April, cancelled)

19th Courtisane Film Festival (original dates 1-5 April, cancelled)

11th Millenium Documentary Film Festival (original dates 27 March-4 April, postponed September-October)

15th Docville (original dates 25 March-2 April, postponed to 23 September-1 October, Docville Online during the confinement)

35th Mons International Film Festival (original dates 5-13 March, stopped before end) (read news)

Belarus

6th Northern Lights Nordic-Baltic Film Festival in Belarus (original dates 23-30 April, postponed)

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Initative from VOD platform Pickbox NOW (read more)

Bulgaria

Croatia

Initative from VOD platform Pickbox NOW (read more)

30th Animafest Zagreb (original dates 8-13 June, postponed, online initiatives being put in place)

16th ZagrebDox (original dates 15-22 March, postponed) (read news)
ZagrebDox Pro still taking place online (read news)

Czech Republic

All MIDPOINT Institute activities planned for April and May (postponed)

27th Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest (original dates 19-27 March, cancelled) (read news)
Czech Works in Progress still taking place online

22nd One World Prague International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (original dates 5-14 March, cancelled)

Cyprus

18th Cyprus Film Days International Festival (original dates 3-11 April, cancelled)
Dot.on.the.map Industry Days (moved online) (read news)

Denmark

17th CPH:DOX (original dates 18-29 March, moved online) (read news)

Estonia

Film and TV Awards ceremony (original date 2 April, postponed)

15th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF) (original dates 30 April-2 May, moved online) (read news)

Finland

Jussi Awards ceremony (original date 20 March, postponed)

35th Midnight Sun Film Festival (original dates 10-14 June, moved online)

31st Espoo Cine (original dates 4-10 May, postponed)

8th Season Film Festival (original dates 26-29 March, postponed to autumn)

France

Initative from VOD platforms FilmoTV, Kinow, Lacinetek.com, Tënk, Universciné, Nok-Ze-Doc (read more)

20th Festival International du Film Insulaire de l'Île de Groix - FIFIG (original dates 19-24 August, postponed to summer 2021)

27th Festival du Film de Lama (original dates 1-7 August, cancelled)

9th Série Séries (original dates 30 June-2 July, cancelled, a programme of meetings and masterclasses set to take place online)

31st Sunny Side of the Doc + 4th PiXii Festival (original dates 22-25 June, set to be moved online)

9th Deauville Green Awards (original dates 17-18 June, moved online (read news)

9th Champs-Élysées Film Festival (original dates 16-23 June, moved online to 9-16 June)

44th Festival du film d'animation d'Annecy (original dates 15-20 June, cancelled) (read news)
MIFA - Marché International du Film d'Animation (original dates 16-19 June, cancelled) (read news)

17e Festival du Cinéma de Brive (original dates 2-7 June, postponed)

73rd Cannes Film Festival (original dates 12-23 May, possibly postponed) (read news)
52nd Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (original dates 12-23 May, cancelled) (read news)
59th Semaine de la Critique (original dates 12-23 May, cancelled) (read news)
28th L'ACID (original dates 12-23 May, cancelled) (read news)
Marché du Film (original dates 12-23 May, moved online to 22-26 June) (read news)

11th Festival 48 Images Seconde (15-19 April, cancelled, replaced by an online programme)

12th Festival international du film policier de Beaune (original dates 1-5 April, cancelled)

57th MipTv (original dates 30 March-2 April) (cancelled) (read news)

5th Festival du Film Subversif de Metz (original dates 25-29 March, cancelled)

32nd Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse (original dates 20-29 March, cancelled; an alternative festival set to take place online from 10-24 April)

11e SériesMania (original dates 20-28 March, cancelled)

42nd Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil (original dates 13-22 March, cancelled)

42nd Cinéma du Réel Festival (original dates 13-22 March, moved online) (read news)

10th Festival 2 Cinéma de Valenciennes (original dates 10-15 March, cancelled)

Germany

Initatives from VOD platform Lacinetek.de (read more)

63rd DOK Leipzig (set for 26 October-1 November, both physical and online)
DOK Industry (set to be moved online)

39th Munich Film Festival (original dates 25 June-4 July, cancelled)

66th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (original dates 13-18 May, postponed, alternative edition to be held online)

19th goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film (original dates 5-11 May, partly moved online, partly celebrated throughout the rest of the year) (read news)

27th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (original dates 5-10 May, moved online, read news)

Georgia

8th CineDOC Tbilisi (original dates 23-27 April, postponed)

Greece

5th FeCHA-Festival de Cine Hispanófono de Atenas (original dates 28 May-4 June, postponed)

22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (original dates 5-15 March, possible new dates end of May/beginning of June, several intiatives started online) (read news + news)
Agora Doc Market moved online (read news)

Hungary

3rd Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival (original dates 23-29 March, postponed)
Budapest Debut Film Forum (original dates 24-26 March, postponed)

Iceland

Edda Awards ceremony (original date 20 March, postponed)

Ireland

32nd Galway Film Fleadh (original dates 7-12 July, moved online)

Italy

David di Donatello Awards ceremony (original date 3 April, postponed to 8 May)

39th Pordenone Silent Film Festival/Giornate del Cinema Muto (moved online from 3-10 October)

6th Festival Internazionale del Documentario Visioni dal Mondo (original dates 17-20 September, moved online)

18th Ischia Film Festival (original dates 27 June-4 July, moved online)

17th Italian Screenings (original dates 21-24 July, moved online, read news)

10th Ciné – Giornate di Cinema (original dates 30 June-3 July, postponed to 2021)

66th Taormina FilmFest (original dates 28 June-4 July, moved online to 11-19 July)

16th Biografilm Festival (original dates 5-15 June, set to be moved online)

35th Lovers Film Festival (original dates 30 April-4 May, postponed)

22th Udine Far East Film Festival (original dates 24 April-2 May, postponed to 26 June-4 July, moved online)

34th Bolzano Film Festival Bozen (original dates 21-26 April, cancelled)

21st Festival del Cinema Europeo di Lecce (original dates 18-25 April, postponed)

13th Pordenone Docs Fest - Le voci dell’inchiesta (original dates 15-19 April, postponed)

42nd Incontri Internazionali del Cinema di Sorrento (original dates 15-19 April, postponed)

18th BAFF - Busto Arsizio Film Festival (original dates 28 March-4 April, postponed)

10th Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival (original dates 25-28 March, postponed)

30th Festival Cinema Africano, Asia e America Latina - Milano (original dates 21-29 March, postponed to autumn)

14th Reggio Calabria Film Fest (original dates 16-21 March, postponed)

27th Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (original dates 13-21 March, postponed)

38th Bergamo Film Meeting (original dates 7-15 March, postponed to 6-14 March 2021)

Kosovo

Initative from VOD platform Pickbox NOW (read more)

Latvia

Lithuania

Initatives from VOD platforms KinoFondas, Kino Pasaka (read more)

25th Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris (original dates 19 March-2 April, moved online) (read news)
Meeting Point – Vilnius (original dates 30 March-1 April, cancelled) (read news)

Luxembourg

Initative from VOD platforms VOD.lu, Tënk, Nok-Ze-Doc (read more)

10th Luxembourg City Film Festival (original dates 5-15 March, stopped before end) (read news)

Malta

6th Valletta Film Festival (original dates mid-June, cancelled) (read news)

Montenegro

Initative from VOD platform Pickbox NOW (read more)

Netherlands

International Broadcasting Convention (original dates 11-14 September, cancelled)

36th Imagine Film Festival (original dates 16-25 April, cancelled)

6th Sport Film Festival Rotterdam (original dates 15-18 April, cancelled)

12th Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen (original dates 1-5 April, cancelled)

11th MoviesThatMatter (original dates 20-28 March, cancelled, partly moved online)

2nd Maghreb Film Festival (original dates 26-29 March, postponed)

20th Arab Film Festival (original dates 25-29 March, cancelled)

North Macedonia

Initative from VOD platform Pickbox NOW (read more)

Norway

43th Norwegian Short Film Festival (original dates 10-14 June, moved online)

48th Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund (original dates 14-21 August)
New Nordic Films (probably moved online) (read news)

Poland

45th Polish Film Festival (14-19 September, postponed to 2021)

60th Krakow Film Festival (original dates 31 May-7 June, moved online)

18th Polish Film Festival Kinoteka (original dates 19 March-15 April, postponed)

12th Short Waves Festival (original dates 17-22 March, postponed to August)

Portugal

4th Beast International Film Festival (original dates September, postponed to March 2021)

13th Festa do Cinema Italiano (original dates 1-9 April, postponed)

20th Monstra - Lisbon Animated Film Festival (original dates 18-28 March, moved online)

Romania

13th One World Romania International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (original dates 20-29 March, postponed)

Serbia

Initative from VOD platform Pickbox NOW (read more)

Slovakia

28th Art Film Fest Kosice (original dates 19-27 June, postponed)

27th Bratislava International Film Festival – Febiofest (original dates 11-17 March, postponed) (read news)

8th Visegrad Film Forum (original dates 10-14 March, cancelled) (read news)

Slovenia

Initatives from VOD platform Pickbox NOW (read more)

Spain

Initatives from VOD platform Filmin (read more)

3rd Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation ceremony (moved online to 27 June)

35th CinemaJove (original dates 19-27 June, postponed to December)

6th Filmadrid (original dates 5-13 June, cancelled, only online initiative The Video Essay is being celebrated)

1st Iberseries, Fetival internacional de series en español (original dates 25-30 May)

23rd Docs Barcelona (original dates 20-30 May, moved online) (read news)

16th DocumentaMadrid (original dates 4-10 May, postponed)

15th Animayo (original dates 4-9 May, moved online and throughout the year)

10th D'A Film Festival (original dates 30 April-10 May, moved online)

13th Ecozine Zaragoza International Film and Environment Festival (original dates 29 April-16 May, postponed)

19th Play-Doc International Film Festival (original dates 29 April-3 May, postponed)

20th Festival Internacional de Cine de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (original dates 17-26 April, cancelled)

6th SACO. Semana del Audiovisual Contemporáneo de Oviedo (original dates 10-19 April, postponed)

3rd MajorDocs Creative Documentary Film Festival (original dates 31 March-4 April, postponed)

22º Mecal Pro Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes y Animación de Barcelona (original dates 19 March-5 April, moved online)

6th Muestra de Cine Francófono de Madrid (original dates 19-22 March, postponed)

Sweden

Initatives from VOD platform Triart Film (read more)

1st M:brane Forum (original dates 10-12 March, cancelled)

Switzerland

Initative from VOD platforms Tënk, Nok-Ze-Doc (read more)

Swiss Film Award ceremony (original date 27 March, announcement postponed to 23 March, physical ceremony initially moved to Locarno Film Festival, now cancelled)

73th Locarno Film Festival (original dates 5-15 August, set to be replaced with Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films initiative)
31th Semaine de la Critique (original dates 6-13 August, cancelled)

51st Visions du Réel (original dates 24 April-25 May, moved online, read news)

8th Locarno L’immagine e la parola (original dates 28 to 29 March, cancelled)

18th FIFDH Genève (original dates 6-15 March, cancelled with online events)

Ukraine

11th Odesa International Film Festival (original dates July, postponed to unspool online from 25 Sept-3 October)

17th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (original dates 20-29 March, postponed)

UK

25th Encounters (original dates 20-26 September, moved online)

74th Edinburgh International Film Festival (original dates 17-28 June, postponed)

2nd Docs Ireland in Belfast (original dates 10-14 June, postponed)

10th Hawick Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (original dates 30 April–4 May, moved online during 1-3 May, read news)

16th Manchester International Short Film Festival (original dates 21-29 March, postponed)

34th BFI Flare (original dates 18-29 March, cancelled)

13th Glasgow Short Film Festival (original dates 18-22 March, postponed)

24th Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London (original dates 12-20 March, cancelled)

Out of Europe

(Worldwide) Initatives from VOD platform Medici.TV, FilmDoo (read more)

(US) 24th COLCOA French Film Festival (cancelled, moved to 20-26 September 2021)

(Canada) 27th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (original dates 28 May-6 June, moved online) (read news)

(Mexico) Premios Platino (original dates 1-3 May, cancelled)

(Mexico) 35th FICG Guadalajara International Film Festival (original dates 20-27 March, postponed)

(Qatar) 6th Qumra (original dates 20-25 March, cancelled)

(Turkey) 39th Istanbul Film Festival (original dates 10-21 April, postponed)
15th Meetings on the Bridge (moved online, read news)

(US) 19th Tribeca Film Festival (original dates 15-26 April, postponed, partly moved online for professionals) (read news)

(US) 33rd SXSW Festival (original dates 13-22 March, cancelled)

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