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The European film industry strives to find its way through the new waves of the coronavirus


- We present an overview of the film events affected by the new measures announced by national governments to contain the fresh surge in the COVID-19 pandemic

The European film industry strives to find its way through the new waves of the coronavirus

After having seen the light at the end of the tunnel during late summer, which witnessed the successful hosting of the Venice Film Festival under strict measures but in its usual physical form (see the news), the European film industry is now facing a new period of uncertainty caused by the so-called second wave of COVID-19, which is starting to wreak havoc across all countries.

On the cusp of a new, multinational lockdown, which may or may not be as restrictive as the first one, but which is certainly already affecting the industry, Europe looks to the future with despair, forced to adapt to the present situation. Due to the new measures being adopted by European governments, which have again included the closure of cinemas and limitations on social events, festivals, industry gatherings and theatres have been forced to abide by them, and find new ways to unspool and welcome their participants and public, mostly by moving their programmes online in collaboration with streaming services.

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Here is the list of events affected as of 9 April:


4th Balkan Film Market (original dates 12-15 November, partly moved online)


Cinemas closed at least until 24 April

18th Crossing Europe (original dates late April, postponed to 1-6 June)

Diagonale Graz (original dates 16-21 March, postponed to 8-13 June)


Cinemas closed at least until 1 May

4th Brussels International Film Festival (original dates June, moved to 31 August-11 September)

24th Brussels Short Film Festival (original dates June, moved to 26 August-4 September)

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

16th Courts Mais Trash - Brussels Independent Short Film Festival (original dates 21-28 April, moved online)

39th BIFF (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival) (original dates 6-18 April, moved online)

40th Anima - Brussels International Animation Film Festival (original dates 12-21 February, moved online)

Belgian Magritte Film Awards ceremony cancelled, 2020 films will compete alongside 2021 films in the 2022 ceremony
Replaced by a special programme of Belgian films broadcasted on pubcaster RTBF channels during one week, as well as a selection of 10 2020 titles streaming at a reduced prize on three VOD platforms

20th Cinemamed (original dates 26 November-5 December, moved online)

11th Tournai Ramdam Festival (original dates 16-26 January 2021, cancelled)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cinemas open respecting measures


Cinemas reopening on 1 April at 30% capacity

25th Sofia International Film Festival (split edition, a first phase from 11-31 March and a second one in summer, dates TBA) (news)
18th Sofia Meetings (original dates 17-24 March, moved online) (news)


Cinemas open respecting measures

18th Zagreb Film Festival (original dates 8-15 November, moved online) (read interview)

Czech Republic

Cinemas closed until further notice

55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (original dates July, moved to 20-28 August)

28th Days of European Film (Euro Film Fest) (postponed to 16-23 June)

61st Zlin Film Fest (divided in two, an online edition from 28 May–1 June; an in-person edition from 9–15 September)

28th IFF Febiofest Prague (original dates April, postponed to 17-24 September)

33th Finale Plzen (original dates April, postponed to 24-29 September)

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 54 ½ (original dates 18-21 November, cancelled) (read news)

24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (original dates 27 October-8 November, moved online)
(read news)


Cinemas closed until further notice


Cinemas closed until further notice

16th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (original dates 30 April-2 May, moved to 4-6 June)


Cinemas closed, rentals allowed up to 10 persons


Cinemas closed until further notice, not before mid-May
(reopening strategy: the 3 first weeks with 35% of the seats available, the 3 following weeks with 50% of the seats, and 100% of the seats after this test period)

10th Champs-Elysées Film Festival (original dates June, moved to 14-21 September)

32th FIDMarseille (original dates 19-25 July, physical edition)

32th Sunny Side of the Doc (original dates 21-24 June, moved online)

74th Cannes Film Festival (original dates 11-22 May, moved to 6-17 July)
Marché du Film (moved to 6-15 July, Pre-Cannes Screenings organised in May)

4th Canneseries (original dates 9-14 April, moved to 8-13 October)

18th Festival du Cinéma de Brive (original dates 6-11 April, moved to 25-30 May)

30th Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes (original dates 25 March-4 April, moved online, with a physical edition from 21-23 May, 11-13 June and 19-20 June) (news)

33th Festival Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse (online edition 19-28 March, physical edition 9-13 June)

12th Séries Mania Lille Hauts de France (original dates 19-27 March 2021, postponed to 26 August-2 September)

43th Festival Cinéma du réel (original dates 12-21 March, moved online)

22nd Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, Music & Cinema (original dates 10-20 March, moved to 31 May-5 June)
A part of professional and school events will take place online on 10-20 March

15th Festival L'Europe autour de l'Europe Paris (original dates 3-28 March, postponed to 2-16 June)

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (original dates 23-28 February, moved online)

43rd Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (original dates 29 January-6 February, moved online) (read news)

33rd Angers’ Premiers Plans Film Festival (original dates 25-31 January, moved online) (read news)

24th Festival international du film de comédie de l'Alpe d'Huez (original dates 19-24 January, moved to 23-28 March)

3rd FIPADOC (original dates 18-24 January, moved online, the festival will unspool physically at a later date yet to be determined) (read news)

23rd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris organised by UniFrance (moved online, from 13-15 January)

13th Les Arcs Film Festival (original dates 12-19 December, moved online)
Industry Village postponed to 17-18 January 2021 to a physical event in Paris and to 20-21 January 2021 online

3rd Festival International du Film Politique (FIFP) de Carcassonne, (original dates 8-12 December, postponed to 15-19 January 2021)

24th Œillades, Festival du Film Francophone d'Albi (original dates 24-29 November, cancelled)

35th Festival Entrevues Belfort (original dates 15-22 November, cancelled, awards to be given out either way by the jury) (read news)

29th Festival du Film de Sarlat (original dates 14-11 November, cancelled)

8th Festival du Film de Muret (original dates 8-15 November, postponed to 31 January-7 February 2021)

21st Arras Film Festival (original dates 7-15 November, cancelled) (read news)
Arras Days moved online

Les Rencontres Cinématographiques de L’ARP (original dates 4-6 November, moved online)


Cinemas closed until further notice

21st goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film (original dates 20-26 April, moved online)

71st Berlin International Film Festival (original dates 11-18 February, partly moved online, a physical edition will unfold in June) (read news)
European Film Market (moved online, from 1-5 March)

69th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg (original dates 12-22 November, moved online) (read interview)

30th FilmFestival Cottbus (original dates 3-8 November, postponed to 8-13 December)
Connecting Cottbus (original dates 4-6 November, moved online)


Cinemas closed until further notice

23rd Olympia International Film Festival for Children & Young People (original dates 28 November-5 December, moved online)

3rd Athens International Children's Film Festival (original dates 14-22 November, moved online)

61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival (original dates 5-15 November, moved online)


Cinemas closed until further notice


Cinemas closed until further notice


Cinemas closed at least until 30 April

17th Biografilm Festival (original dates 4-14 June, hybrid edition)

7th Seeyousound International Music Film Festival (original dates 19-25 February, moved online) (read news)

7th Festival Internazionale del Documentario Visioni dal Mondo, Milano (moved to 16-19 September)

39th Bergamo Film Meeting (postponed to 24 April-2 May 2021)

19th RIFF - Rome Independent Film Festival (original dates 26 November-4 December, moved online)

38th Torino Film Festival (original dates 20-28 November, moved online)

30th Noir in Festival (original dates 30 November-4 December, postponed to 8-13 March 2021)

5th Torino Short Film Market (original dates 17-24 November, moved online)

61st Festival dei Popoli (Florence, original dates 15-22 November, moved online)

40th Fantafestival - Mostra internazionale del film di fantascienza e del fantastico di Roma (original dates 11-15 November, moved online)

26th MedFilm Festival di Roma (original dates 4-13 November, moved online 9-15 November)

21st Festival del cinema europeo di Lecce (original dates 31 October-7 November, moved online)

18th Ravenna Nightmare Film Fest (original dates 31 October-8 November, moved online)

20th Trieste Science+Fiction Festival (original dates 29 October-3 November, moved online)

11th Festival Nuovo Cinema Europa (Genoa, 12-18 December, moved online)


Cinemas open, screenings only until 18.00


Cinemas closed until further notice


Cinemas closed until further notice

26th Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris (original dates 18 March-5 April, hybrid edition)
Meeting Point – Vilnius (original dates 14-16 April, moved online) (news)


Cinemas closed until further notice


Cinemas open, screenings only until 21.00


Cinemas closed until further notice

33rd IDFA (original dates 18 November-6 December, partly moved online)

14½ Leiden International Film Festival (original dates 29 October-8 November, moved online)

41st Northern Film Festival (original dates 11-15 November, cancelled)

North Macedonia

Cinemas closed


Cinemas allowed to welcome a limited number of local attendees, while others (including Oslo) are closed until further notice


Cinemas closed until further notice

20th New Horizons International Film Festival (original dates July, moved to 12-22 August)

45th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia (original dates 8-12 December) (moved online)

28th Camerimage International Film Festival (original dates 14-21 November) (moved online)

20th New Horizons International Film Festival (original dates 23 July-3 August, postponed to 10-15 November) + 11th American Film Festival (original dates 10-15 November) (both moved online)
New Horizons International Film Festival Polish Days Industry section (moved online)


Cinemas closed at least until 19 April

18th IndieLisboa (original dates May, moved to 21 August-6 September)

17th FEST Espinho - New Directors New Films Festival (original dates June, moved to 4-11 October)

4th BEAST IFF (original dates 24 March-4 April, moved online)

20th Monstra Lisbon Animation Festival (online edition 17 March-4 April, physical edition 21 July-1 August)

7th Porto/Post/Doc (original dates 20-29 November, partly moved online, screening restrictions on weekends)

14th LEFFEST (original dates November 13-25, screening restrictions on weekend)


Cinemas closed in cities with a COVID-19 transmission rate exceeding 3 cases per 1000 inhabitants

28th Astra Film Festival (divided in two phases, a first one outdoor from August 27-September 12, a second one indoor October 11-16)

20th Transilvania International Film Festival (original dates June, postponed to 23 July-1 August)


Cinemas open respecting measures


Cinemas closed at least until 28 April


Cinemas closed until further notice


Cinemas open, depending on the regional restrictions

24th DocsBarcelona (original dates 18-30 May, hybrid edition, partly online)

2021 Goya Awards (hybrid ceremony, no guests at the ceremony)

12th Murcia International Film Festival IBAFF (original dates March, postponed to 18-26 June)

16th DocumentaMadrid (original dates 4-10 May, postponed to 6-10 December, set to take place on site and online)

10th D'A Film Festival (original dates 29 April-9 May, hybrid edition)

17th CIIF Market (original dates 28-30 April, hybrid edition)

5th Festival Internacional de Cine de Barcelona-Sant Jordi BCN FILM FEST (original dates 15-23 April, physical edition)

21st Festival Internacional de Cine de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (original dates 9-18 April, hybrid version)
International Market of Almost-Finished Films, MECAS (in-person, 10-13 April)

4th Rodando Páginas (8 April, hybrid edition)

58th Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón FICX (original dates 20-29 November, moved online) (read news)

27th L’Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona (original dates 16-29 November, moved online)

62nd Zinebi Bilbao (original dates 13-20 November, partly moved online)

5th Fantastic Film Festival - FANT Bilbao (original dates 6-12 November, partly moved online)

1st Visual Art - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Lleida (original dates 29 October-8 November, postponed)


Cinemas open with a maximum audience of eight persons

44th Göteborg Film Festival (original dates January 29 - February 8, moved online) (read news)


Cinemas closed until further notice

35th Fribourg International Film Festival (original dates 19-28 March, moved to 16-25 July)

22nd Black Movie Independent Film Festival (22-31 January) (read news)

26th Geneva International Film Festival (original dates 6-15 November, cancelled)
Geneva Digital Market (original dates 9-13 November, moved online)

United Kingdom

Cinemas closed at least until 17 May

Out of Europe

(Turkey) 40th Istanbul Film Festival (original dates 1 April-June, hybrid edition)
16th Meetings on the Bridge (original dates 2-9 April, moved online) (news)

(Mexico) 11th FICUNAM UNAM International Film Festival (moved online 18-28 March)

(Qatar) 7th Qumra (original dates 12-17 March, moved online) (news)

(US) 34th SXSW Festival (moved online 16-20 March)

37th Sundance Film Festival (original dates 28 January-3 February, partly moved online) (read news)

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