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47th Telluride Film Festival Cancelled Due to Pandemic

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Another casualty to the upcoming awards season by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the mismanagement of the crisis, the Telluride Film Festival announced earlier today that they would be canceling this year’s film festival.

In a letter to the press and pass holders, it states in part:

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.

While there will be those who might say they’re not surprised by it, that this was inevitable, we beg to differ. It didn’t have to be this way. Until the past week or so, we had a very good plan to put on the SHOW safely. 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 and the health and safety of you – our pass holders, filmmakers, the people of Telluride and its surrounding areas – cannot be compromised.

On July 8, Telluride, Toronto, Venice, and New York Film Festival made a joint statement announcing their collaboration for this fall season.

In that letter signed by festival programmers Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente (TIFF), Albert Barbera (Venice), Eugene Hernandez (NYFF), and Julie Huntsinger and Tom Luddy (Telluride), they shared:

This year, we’ve moved away from competing with our colleagues at autumn festivals and commit instead to collaboration. We are sharing ideas and information. We are offering our festivals as a united platform for the best cinema we can find. We’re here to serve the filmmakers, audiences, journalists, and industry members who keep the film ecosystem thriving. We need to do that together.

There’s no telling how this will continue to impact the Hollywood industry moving forward or the upcoming awards season but we continue to be hopeful.

In the meantime, we press on. You can check out all the current predictions for the upcoming Academy Awards, with information we currently have on our Awards Prediction pages.

Share your thoughts about canceling Telluride in the comments below.

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Man this is crazy. Not trying to assuming anything about the future at all, but this award season is gonna look kind of strange if more festivals begin to be canceled as the year goes on.

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