Organizers have canceled the 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival over Covid fears. The occasion, which had been set for January 7-17 within the desert metropolis east of Los Angeles, already had (*7*)canceled its January 6 awards gala.
Here is at the moment’s announcement from a rep for the competition:
Based on the present rise of COVID instances, the Palm Springs International Film Society has introduced that the Film Festival won’t happen this yr from January 7-17. This follows the cancellation of the January 6 Film Awards. After considerate consideration, the Film Society feels that is essentially the most accountable resolution to make sure the security of our patrons, filmmakers, and workers. Those who’ve bought competition tickets and passes will obtain a refund. For most, the refund can be returned to their unique technique of fee.
At this time Palm Springs ShortFest is scheduled to return June 21-27, 2022. The Film Festival and Film Awards will return to an in-person occasion in January 2023. The Film Awards will associate with Entertainment Tonight to have a good time this yr’s honorees with particulars to comply with. The competition will announce juried award winners from the official choice on January 15 by way of press launch and social media.
The cancellation is the most recent amid a surge of recent Covid instances, fueled by the more-contagious Omicron variant. Numerous Broadway exhibits have canceled performances, and a few nations have closed film theaters or banned concessions because the world grapples with the most recent wave of coronavirus.
Attention now turns to different upcoming occasions together with the Berlin International Film Festival, which as of final week nonetheless was planning to carry its in-person fest from February 10-20 regardless of the International Film Festival Rotterdam being scrapped.
Next month’s Palm Springs Film Festival was set to function 129 movies, opening with the documentary Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over and shutting with Roger Michell’s last movie The Duke. The director died in September.
PSIFF’s Awards Gala had been planning to honor the likes of Being the Ricardos star Nicole Kidman (Lifetime Achievement Award), Adam Driver (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor), together with Belfast (Vanguard Award), introduced to author and director Kenneth Branagh and forged members Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds and Jude Hill; Jane Campion (Director of the Year Award); Jessica Chastain (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress); Penélope Cruz (International Star Award, Actress); Andrew Garfield (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor); Jennifer Hudson (Chairman’s Award); King Richard (Ensemble Performance Award) introduced to forged members Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal and Tony Goldwyn; Kristen Stewart (Spotlight Award, Actress); and Lady Gaga (Icon Award).