The Annecy International Animated Film Festival and its Mifa market have become the latest events to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 60th anniversary edition of the festival was due to take place from June 15-20 in the eastern French town followed by the Mifa market from June 16-29.
However, the festival team has taken the decision to cancel this year’s event and the next edition will run June 14-19, 2021.
“The necessary facilities and the regular events calendar, as well as scheduled postponements of other events, do not provide us with a reasonable option,” said a festival statement.
“The rationale and the international situation compel us to act with lucidity and responsibility. To show our respect and our deep gratitude to the health care providers, as well as all those who choose solidarity and the public interest.”
In spite of the cancellation, the festival is planning an online alternative this year that will “give access to exclusive works and original content”. An official selection is set to be announced on April 15, with further details including exact dates and market information announced in the coming days.