The 2020 Monte-Carlo Television Festival has been pushed back to 2021, as per a statement on the festival’s website. It was originally scheduled to run from June 19-23 as a 60 year anniversary celebration but instead will now take place June 18-22 of next year.
Included in the statement is the following quote from the festival’s CEO Laurent Puons:
“We have been confronted with an unprecedented situation which is unfortunately currently depriving us all of our freedom for an indefinite period of time. It is with great regret that I am obliged to cancel the 2020 edition of our Television Festival in June. We must all take up our responsibilities to protect what is most precious: our health, that of our loved ones and of our festival-goers. The safety of the talent and public attending the event is paramount. I would like to thank all the sponsors, studios, networks, streaming platforms, festival-goers and journalists who had renewed their commitment to this year’s Festival. I’ll be delighted to welcome them in Monaco next June. I also would like to applaud my team who have worked tirelessly to get the event to its current stage of organisation. I look forward to next year, when we can celebrate with peace of mind together this 60th Anniversary, which, as in previous years, will again reach new heights.“
Last year’s Monte-Carlo TV Festival saw “Escape at Dannemora” claim the Golden Nymph Award for Best Long Fiction Program, while Patricia Arquette claimed the Outstanding Actress prize. “Bodyguard” star Richard Madden won Best Actor in a Drama Series. Other major past winners at the festival include “Fleabag,” “Breaking Bad,” “Modern Family” and “Mad Men.”
The television and film festival industry have been hit hard in recent weeks, with the biggest festivals from around the globe forced to postpone or cancel amid the pandemic. Other major cancellations throughout Europe include the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Festival in London. The toll COVID-19 is taking on the film and television industry is devastating, including recent announcements that “Empire” will wrap up sooner than expected and that “The Walking Dead” is unable to complete its tenth season finale in time for airing. Cinema chains are still closed around the world and distributors are being forced to delay releases or move them digitally.
For festival-goers and those passionate about the industry as a whole, next year can’t come soon enough, where hopefully festivals and productions can resume as normal once again.