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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is spreading around the globe, causing multiple cancellations, postponements and changes to film industry schedules.

Screen will post the latest updates on this page as they happen, linking to each story on the subject.

We have a regularly-updated 2020 festivals and markets calendar here; and are also providing a list of creative, social, and financial support initiatives during the crisis, here.

Click on a headline to read the full story on each development.

Saturday January 16

Warner Bros moves up release of Legendary’s Godzilla Vs. Kong to March

Thursday January 14

Doclisboa postpones event as Portugal prepares for lockdown

Wednesday January 13

Hong Kong International Film Festival to hold hybrid edition in April

Tuesday January 12

Hollywood steels itself as Sony pushes Morbius to October

Friday January 8

Glasgow Film Festival to move entirely online for 2021 edition (exclusive)

Thursday January 7

CPH:DOX shifts dates and plans hybrid edition (exclusive)

Wednesday January 6

Where in the world are cinemas open in January 2021?

Tokyo cinemas reduce operations as second state of emergency announced

Tuesday January 5

French culture minister says “lack of visibility” over when cultural spaces can reopen

All UK-Ireland cinemas closed in tough start to 2021

Sundance 2021 cancels Los Angeles-area drive-in screenings

Monday January 4

UK government says film, TV production can continue despite tighter lockdown

Sunday January 3, 2021

US guilds recommend SoCal production pause as hospital bed crisis deepens

Monday December 28

Universal pushes Boss Baby 2, moves The Bad Guys into 2022

Trump signs $900bn Covid relief package into law (update)

Thursday December 24

Further tier moves to affect over 60 English cinemas from Boxing Day

Wednesday December 23

France’s Council of State rejects legal bid to reopen cinemas

Tuesday December 22

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Malkovich pandemic thriller The Survivalist wraps

Hong Kong Filmart confirms digital edition for March 2021

Monday December 21

US cinema group applauds passage of $900bn Covid relief plan (update)

Sunday December 20

UK’s £500m Covid production insurance fund extended to April

Friday December 18

Berlin and EFM to move online in March; no decision yet on how competitions will work

MIPTV 2021 to move online in April dates due to pandemic

Thursday December 17

English cinemas left disappointed as more regions put into highest Covid tier

Lionsgate pushes US launch of Chaos Walking to March

Tuesday December 15

French arts and entertainment professionals protest as venues remain shut

Monday December 14

London cinemas to close as UK capital set to move into Tier 3 restrictions

Warner Bros to proceed with Wonder Woman 1984 UK launch on day London cinemas go dark

Hugh Jackman sci-fi Reminiscence moved off April 2021 release date

KOFIC estimates Korean box office down 74% in Covid-hit 2020

Friday December 11

South Korean director Kim Ki-duk dies from Covid-19 aged 59

Comment: Global exhibitors must accept the world has changed and embrace their place in it

Thursday December 10

Evolution Pictures seals UK deal for horror Lockdown Hauntings, debuts new slate (exclusive)

Masks and mummies: How the Cairo film festival navigated the pandemic

French cinemas to stay closed until at least January 2021

Monday December 7

UK’s ScreenSkills launches further Covid-19 supervisor training as guidance evolves

Friday December 4

UK-Ireland distributors scramble new-look December release schedule

Cineworld to reopen UK, US cinemas by March 2021

Singapore ATF further highlights streaming shift in Covid-hit year

Thursday December 3

German cinemas to stay closed until at least January 10

Wednesday December 2

Further doubts cast over Berlinale 2021 plans

Sundance outlines 2021 festival plan

Friday November 27

UK distributors, exhibitors react to government’s controversial tier system in England

German cinemas to stay closed in December

Thursday November 26

Cinemas in London, Liverpool can reopen but many others must remain closed under new English ‘tiers’

Wednesday November 25

French cinemas can reopen December 15 as Covid measures ease

Göteborg Film Festival to run as digital event in 2021

Creative Europe deputy head previews “recovery and transformation” action plan

Monday November 23

English cinemas get greenlight to reopen in lower risk areas from December

Cineworld secures $750m financial injection, plans to reopen in 2021

The 355 US release pushed back a year by Universal

Friday November 20

UK industry veteran Steve Turney dies from Covid-19, aged 59

South Korea’s Lotte Cinema to raise ticket prices, close screens as pandemic bites

Winter swimming and forest BBQs replace indoor parties at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Thursday November 19

UK documentary filmmaking booms in pandemic year

Berlinale to reduce selection; festival directors call for unity with cinemas

Wonder Woman 1984 switches to US Dec. 25 theatrical, HBO Max launch; international theatrical moves up

Sony pushes Peter Rabbit 2 to Easter 2021

France’s Series Mania 2021 to move to late May, early June

Tuesday November 17

BIFA moves 2020 awards to February; Saint Maud, Calm With Horses lead new talent longlists

Ruben Östlund’s Triangle Of Sadness wraps Covid-free shoot in Greece

IDFA project Stay Home aims to show a children’s view of the pandemic

Monday November 16

Universal, Cinemark strike theatrical-PVoD pact

Pandemic thriller Songbird to get US PVoD launch

Friday November 13

“Too early” to make decision on going ahead, says Berlinale, as hybrid EFM cuts badge fees

Thursday November 12

Lionsgate drops out of The Plane over pandemic insurance

UK’s Everyman, Showcase to screen Peter Duncan’s homemade pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk

New Directors/New Films rescheduled for December

US Producers Guild revises key awards dates

Wednesday November 11

ScreenDaily Talks: Black Nights, Berlin, Rotterdam heads to talk winter festival plans

Post-Covid world will be like “the roaring twenty-ones” for content creators - AFM panel

Endeavor Content Film Group heads talk doing business in an unpredictable year

Tuesday November 10

Les Arcs moves Co-Production Village to January in Paris; unveils selection

North America Covid production focus: rising costs and insurance challenges

Rotterdam unveils 50th edition Covid-era redesign, running February to June (exclusive)

Monday November 9

NATO calls for urgent pandemic aid for US cinemas

Fantastic Beasts 3 reset for July 15, 2022

Friday November 6

AFM 2020 preview: Indies get resourceful to survive virus crisis

“There are a lot of people looking for content right now,” say US indie experts

Kevin Macdonald to make Covid-19 feature documentary for Altitude and ITV

All eyes on Wonder Woman 1984 as Disney pushes Death On The Nile, Free Guy out of 2020

CinemaCon 2021 pushed into August

TIFFCOM: Japanese content gets international boost in Covid, streaming era

Thursday November 5

UK screen bodies fund £100,000 Covid supervisor training

Wednesday November 4

UK distributors scramble new release plans on eve of cinema lockdown in England

Karlovy Vary cancels slimmed-down event amid coronavirus surge

Tuesday November 3

European cinemas call for support amid “desperate” virus crisis

Monday November 2

BFI awards £470,000 to UK sales companies impacted by Covid-19 (exclusive)

Hong Kong CineFest provides platform for releases disrupted by pandemic

Saturday October 31

England lockdown: Film and TV production can continue but cinemas to close

Friday October 30

Mogul Mowgli, Wolfwalkers lead UK box office openers as European territories close

Gradual return of cinemas in Brazil driving “low but significant” attendance

Wednesday October 28

French cinemas to close again as country enters second lockdown

Cinemas in Germany to close in November

Global box office will not fully recover until 2023, predict cinema analysts

Thessaloniki Film Festival to move fully online amid Covid surge (exclusive)

Online festivals pose a challenge for documentaries, Doclisboa panel hears

MGM pushes Respect into August 2021 for next awards season

Monday October 26

Co-productions can thrive in Asia despite Covid-19, say experts

Italy closes cinemas again as Covid-19 cases spike

Thursday October 22

France expands nighttime curfew to more than half the country

Wednesday October 21

Hybrid BFI London Film Festival achieves record attendances

Pandemic solutions, pre-sales, podcasts on AFM 2020 Online industry agenda

Busan set to serve up latest Asian, world cinema despite pandemic restrictions

Tuesday October 20

Netflix says buying studio movies during pandemic “short term opportunity”

Local Heroes: ARP’s Michèle Halberstadt on releasing Peninsula in France under curfew

Monday October 19

AMC to reopen New York state cinemas after ‘monumental’ decision by governor

Dharamshala film festival moves online with Kapadia, Tamhane talks

South Korean cinema chain CJ CGV to close 30% of screens, raise ticket prices

Saturday October 17

New York governor says cinemas outside city can reopen from this week

Friday October 16

French curfew not applicable to shoots, but cinemas must comply

BFI reveals impact of Covid pandemic on film and TV viewing in the UK

UK’s £500m production insurance fund given EU greenlight

IDFA scales back physical aspect of 2020 edition as Netherlands tightens restrictions

Thursday October 15

French exhibitors lobby government for softer curfew for cinemagoers

Wednesday October 14

Feature production in Greater LA offers glimmer of pandemic bounce-back

Global exhibitor heads urge New York governor to reopen cinemas

French cinemas dealt fresh Covid-19 blow as curfew announced for Paris, other major cities

Tuesday October 13

AMC says cash resources will dry up by end of year or early 2021

European Film Awards switch to virtual ceremony broadcast from Berlin

UIP France boss explains why he is releasing Trolls World Tour wide in France this week

Wuhan Covid outbreak TIFF documentary 76 Days finds US buyer

Monday October 12

European cinemas “shocked and dismayed” by Disney Soul withdrawal, says UNIC

Vue to shut a quarter of UK sites three days a week

Saturday October 10

Lionsgate pushes Fatale, Voyagers into 2021

Friday October 9

“We will be flexible with windows” says Vue Cinemas’ Tim Richards

Soul to bypass theatrical, will debut on Disney+ for December holidays

French cinema body issues stiff rebuke to Disney over Soul decision

Thursday October 8

US cinema lobbyist warns need for pandemic relief is “as urgent as it gets”

Netflix makes further £600,000 donation to Film & TV Charity Covid-19 relief efforts

Wednesday October 7

UK production on Jurassic World: Dominion paused after Covid-19 cases

New Covid-19 regulations force Ireland’s cinemas to close again

Belgium’s Magritte awards cancels 2021 edition due to Covid-19

Tuesday October 6

Jurassic World: Dominion release pushed back by a year to June 2022

UK and Ireland release of Herself postponed “until further notice”

KFTV Covid Production Talk: “You’re only as good and safe as your weakest crew member”

How French cinemas are hoping to ride the challenge of delayed US blockbusters

Warner Bros pushes The Batman into 2022, moves Matrix 4 up to 2021

Trump rules out pandemic relief bill until after US election

AMC Theatres to keep US, international cinemas open

Monday October 5

Cineworld confirms “temporary” closure of all UK, US sites from Thursday

Comment: Has Cineworld really got no option but to close all its UK and Ireland cinemas?

Odeon to open a quarter of UK cinemas at weekend only

Dune postponed to late 2021

Cinemark says it will keep US sites open despite Hollywood turbulence

European sales agents talk challenge of production downturn during pandemic

Sunday October 4

Cineworld “considering temporary closure” of UK and US sites, but no “final decision” yet

Friday October 2

No Time To Die postponed until April 2021

Universal pushes F9 after James Bond move

Reggie Yates wraps London shoot of Pirates after Covid-19 interruption

England’s independent cinemas receive £650,000 in pandemic state support

Production pauses on Gerard Butler thriller Copshop after crew members contract Covid-19

First Look: Jeroen Perceval’s Dealer, shot during pandemic (exclusive)

Wednesday October 1

Hollywood calls on Congress for urgent cinema support 

Tuesday September 29

BFC boss predicts UK screen industries will be worth £6bn by 2024

Michael Winterbottom, Julia von Heinz among five directors now shooting Europe C-19

Lockdown anthology starring Matthias Schoenaerts set for Re>Connext

KFTV to host webinar on Covid production landscape

Monday September 28

Cannes Film Festival 2020 returns to the Croisette with compact edition; confirms 2021 dates

Canada offers $37m fund for Covid-hit productions

Saturday September 26

Relief and joy as San Sebastian becomes the second major festival to be held in pandemic era

Thursday September 24

Screen, KFTV and Broadcast publish report into navigating Covid-19 production

Peckhamplex closes temporarily as UK indie cinemas struggle with lack of big releases

Cineworld posts $1.6bn pre-tax loss due to coronavirus

Wednesday September 23

£650m UK-Ireland box-office deficit due to blockbuster absence, say distribution experts

Experts call for European cross-border insurance guarantee fund

UK’s FrightFest cancels physical edition and moves online

Pandemic intensifies need for platforms to invest in local indie content, say Euro producers

Fisherman’s Friends producers to make biopic of UK Covid-19 fundraiser Tom Moore

Tuesday September 22

Cinemas exempt from 10pm curfew as England imposes new Covid-19 restrictions

UK’s Film and TV Charity launches new diversity-focused £2m Covid-19 Recovery Fund

Thierry Frémaux to face fresh Covid-19 challenge at Lumière Festival

Monday September 21

Hollywood studios, US unions agree Covid-19 return to work guidelines

Sinagpore’s ATF moves online due to Covid travel restrictions

Vertigo acquires lockdown horror Host for UK and Ireland (exclusive)

Saturday September 19

San Sebastian moves most industry activity online; WIPs will be hybrid

Friday September 18

First look: Orpheus-inspired Phea completes production via BFI Covid-19 fund (exclusive)

Cameras roll on Mothering Sunday as UK industry welcomes “single biggest indemnity fund in the world”

“I hope we’ll be talking about films, about cinema,” says San Sebastian head as festival opens amid pandemic

Sony pushes Connected deeper into 2020 as speculation mounts over Black Widow

Thursday September 17

UK government sets out more details of £500m insurance plan paving way for production restart

Haifa Film Festival moves online as Israel enters three-week lockdown

The Batman resumes UK production

Wednesday September 16

Dinard Film Festival cancelled

Triangle Of Sadness ready to shoot in Greece as country reopens to international production

Monday September 14

Five talking points from an extraordinary Venice Film Festival

UK campaign to drive audiences back to independent film (exclusive)

STX pushes Greenland US release to fourth quarter

Saturday September 12

Millennium wraps Covid-safe Till Death shoot in Bulgaria, announces sales (exclusive)

Thursday September 10

Wonder Woman 1984 pushed to December 25, Dune stays on December 18

Busan International Film Festival downsizes and postpones for two weeks

“The studios will be back” says Venice head Alberto Barbera

IFTA head Jean Prewitt calls for US government pandemic insurance support

Neon, Altitude team on Alex Gibney doc exploring Trump pandemic response

Mipcom moves 2020 event fully online due to travel restrictions

Marrakech cancels festival, moves industry-focused Atlas Workshops online

Wednesday September 9

Cautious industry heads into TIFF with eyes wide open

Tuesday September 8

2020 Britannia Awards in Los Angeles postponed due to pandemic

Producers raise concerns over UK insurance scheme delay

TIFFCOM moves online, while Tokyo festival still aiming for physical event

Monday September 7

The early verdict on Venice: “I hope other festivals realise they could do it too”

The Emigrants relocates shoot and replaces actress Liv Ullmann due to pandemic

International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk warns Covid-19 is bringing fresh dangers

Sunday September 6

Arthouse challenges examined during Venice Production Bridge panel

Saturday September 5

“At least 1%” of EU’s €750bn Covid recovery fund should go to culture, urges MEP

Friday September 4

Venice conference reveals evidence of VoD explosion during pandemic

Pedro Almodovar declares cinema the “antidote” to lockdown

Thursday September 3

The Batman UK shoot on pause after Robert Pattinson reportedly tests positive for Covid

Pinewood Atlanta Studios launches virtual production rig

Venice Film Festival’s Covid-era 77th edition kicks off against the odds

Wednesday September 2

Venice: Cate Blanchett says pandemic offers chance to answer “deep questions” about industry

Venice, Cannes stand together as Euro festivals unite in face of Covid-19

Will Venice Production Bridge be the last physical industry event of 2020?

Maudie director Aisling Walsh among 27 recipients of Screen Ireland’s Covid fund

Tuesday September 1

41 film festivals unite in call for support during pandemic

Busan’s Asian Project Market to move online; unveils 2020 selection

Monday August 31

Producers Guild of America publishes Covid-19 safety protocols

Sunday August 30

“Cinema still exists, it never left us,” declare Thierry Frémaux, Bertrand Tavernier in open letter

Friday August 28

California issues stricter reopening guidelines after summer surge

Korean releases delayed, box office weakens due to coronavirus spike

France pledges $196m for Covid-hit National Cinema Centre (CNC)

Thursday August 27

Early French figures for Tenet show promise as country’s cinemas eye recovery

Disney moves The King’s Man into 2021

Full Circle Lab Philippines moves online and unveils line-up of 20 projects

Wednesday August 26

Toronto brass explain how hybrid edition will work for international industry

Hong Kong cinemas to reopen as virus third wave recedes

India’s Film Bazaar to be held as virtual event in November

Malachi Smyth’s The Score starring Johnny Flynn to restart UK shoot (exclusive)

Tuesday August 25

UK-Ireland box office up 28% as more than half of all cinemas now reopen

Monday August 24

Berlinale 2021 to run as physical event; EFM sets hybrid model

Landmark Theatres to reopen in US this week

Friday August 21

How are UK advance ticket sales of Tenet actually performing?

US cinema advocacy group launches campaign to reassure public

Thursday August 20

Directors UK adds Covid-19 update to nudity and sex guidelines

BIFA postpones entry deadlines and nominations, winners announcements

UK cinema campaign launches as reopening gains momentum

Tuesday August 18

European film bodies discuss “traumatic” Covid-19 losses

Sarajevo’s Kinoscope team reveals challenges and curiosities

Monday August 17

Screen relaunches print editions

Unhinged retains UK-Ireland box office lead as Inception, Pinocchio spur 107% growth

China box office: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone conjures recovery

Sunday August 16

Sponge On The Run, Unhinged launch at Canadian box office as theatres reopen

Friday August 14

Screen Awards postponed to 2021

Tallinn Black Nights’ industry strand to shift online as festival considers hybrid event

Busan’s Asian Contents & Film Market to run as hybrid event

Thursday August 13

Sarajevo Film Festival to host physical screenings outside city

Amazon sets up $6m fund to support European production community

WarnerMedia head declares support for theatrical, forecasts shorter windows

AMC Theatres to reopen in US on August 20 with day of 15c ticket prices

Tuesday August 11

New Zurich Market to showcase 20 films at physical event

Monday August 10

Babyteeth wins top prize at socially-distanced Transylvania Film Festival

Los Cabos festival plots virtual event

Friday August 7

Tribeca Film Festival moves to early June slot for 2021

Sundance set for shortened run in 2021

Thursday August 6

Sarajevo Film Festival to shift online amid second Covid-19 spike

Wednesday August 5

Sundance London’s Tabitha Jackson and Clare Binns talk recreating a festival buzz online and 2021 plans

UK-Ireland box office gains momentum as more cinemas reopen

Lockdown leads to surge in streaming in the UK

Mumbai Film Festival postponed to 2021 as coronavirus worsens in India

Millennium’s Till Death starts shoot at Bulgaria’s Nu Boyana

Tuesday August 4

My Working From Home Life: Shift72 CEO David White

Disney sets Mulan for premium VoD and theatrical in September

Monday August 3

How Locarno’s Films After Tomorrow is keeping Covid-affected projects in the spotlight

Songbird completes Los Angeles shoot under pandemic conditions

Friday July 31

Face coverings to be enforced at cinemas in England

My Working From Home Life: UK writer-director Jessica Swale

Mipcom scraps stands as high-profile companies pull out

Thursday July 30

Vue confirms UK cinema reopening plans

Venice chief on safe, plentiful screenings, women directors and a possible Cannes partnership

What could the AMC-Universal deal mean for Hollywood?

Wednesday July 29

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow to open Locarno’s hybrid 2020 edition

Universal, AMC Theatres agree to collapse theatrical window, share PVoD revenue

BFI readies £30m recovery fund for England’s independent cinemas

Tuesday July 28

Tenet to launch in 70+ territories in late August two weeks before US

UK weekend box office up 15.8% as more cinemas reopen

UK government reveals £500m insurance fund to kickstart indie production

Monday July 27

Venice, Toronto, New York, Telluride team up for Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland

Dolittle, Bloodshot top first post-coronavirus weekend at China box office

My Working From Home Life: US director Catherine Hardwicke

Friday July 24

International territories to launch Greenland first after STX pushes back US release

Hong Kong International Film Festival cancelled due to Covid-19 spike

APOS: How Asia’s streaming landscape has been transformed during Covid-19

Paramount pushes Top Gun, A Quiet Place sequels into 2021

ScreenDaily Talks: European distributors call for reduced reliance on US blockbusters

My Working From Home Life: UK producer Gabrielle Tana

Brazil’s filmmakers face double challenge as Covid compounds funding crisis

Thursday July 23

Speculation intensifies around Tenet international release in late August (updated)

Disney puts Mulan, French Dispatch on hold, pushes Avatar, Star Wars films back by one year

AMC planning to reopen US cinemas in August

“Too slow” UK government urged to set up emergency insurance fund for film and TV

FIDMarseille’s director on staging Europe’s first physical festival for four months

Wednesday July 22

My Working From Home Life: Independent Talent Group’s Sarah Camlett

Tuesday July 21

UK weekend box office up just 1.8% as studios hold back new releases

Korean box office down by 70% in first half of 2020 due to Covid-19

Warner Bros planning non-traditional global launch for ‘Tenet’; puts US release on hold

Monday July 20

Shanghai International Film Festival confirms dates for hybrid edition

Friday July 17

Rome Film Fest plans physical event, Cannes titles, Francesco Totti biopic

San Sebastian unveils 2020 poster as festival director addresses changes

International shoots turn to Ireland as European production slowly restarts

Thursday July 16

US indie community calls on government for Covid support

Toronto, New York film festivals press ahead with plans despite Telluride cancellation

Wednesday July 15

UK cinemas launch Covid-19 safeguarding campaign to reassure audiences

Tuesday July 14

California orders indoor cinemas closed across the state

Monday July 13

American Film Market goes online for November 9-13 run

Hong Kong to close cinemas again amid third coronavirus wave

Hong Kong government to invest $33.5m to boost pandemic-hit production sector

Jerusalem abandons plans for physical summer edition following Covid-19 surge in Israel

Friday July 10

NATPE Budapest goes virtual, cancels physical event

Sundance London to shift online with fewer films

Thursday July 9

UK cinemas to benefit from 5% VAT cut in mini-budget

ScreenDaily Talks: UK exhibitors urge US studios to release their films in world’s open cinemas

CandymanHalloween Kills releases pushed amid pandemic uncertainty

Wednesday July 8

UK government unveils economic ‘kickstarter’ but freelancers expect the worst

Tuesday July 7

France appoints new culture minister as sector faces $25bn Covid-19 loss

Onward tops post-lockdown UK box office with gross of just £21,000

Venice Film Festival reveals changes to slimmed-down event

Crunch time as MPs assemble to help UK’s ‘forgotten’ freelancers

Monday July 6

England relaxes quarantine rules for film and high-end TV productions

BFI launches £500,000 fund to support UK sales companies

Woody Harrelson returns to filming in Sweden: “I feel safe, I don’t fear the reaper”

“Good news for indie cinemas:” UK creative sector reacts to £1.5bn arts rescue package

Netflix donates £500,000 to UK theatre workers fund led by Sam Mendes

Friday July 3

Screen Awards to go ahead as virtual event in 2020

Karlovy Vary to host smaller physical festival in November

Thursday July 2

BFI London Film Festival unveils plans for 2020 edition

ScreenDaily Talks: What next for cinemas in the UK?

Pedro Almodóvar writes new film for Penélope Cruz during lockdown

US sellers deliver appraisal of virtual Cannes, look to future

Wednesday July 1

UK film release schedule takes shape for July and August

California governor tells Los Angeles County cinemas to remain closed

Memento’s How To Be A Good Wife rallies in first week of French cinemas opening

EU travel expansion to 15 countries raises international production restart hopes

Tuesday June 30

Cineworld delays reopening date to July 31 following Tenet move

Major US exhibitors delay return as Covid-19 surges (update)

Spain’s “tremendous versatility” can suit the new normal, say production specialists

ScreenSkills launches free Covid-19 production training in UK

COLCOA heads cancel 2020 edition

Hollywood lobbies US Congress for insurance backstop

Monday June 29

Sweden’s Carl Film Festival plans ‘boat-in’ festival on water (exclusive)

Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival announces new later festival dates

UK’s Raindance Film Festival switches to online edition for 2020 (exclusive)

Sundance 2021 plans hybrid event, mulls wide geographical footprint

Saturday June 27

Disney pushes Mulan into August as Covid soars in US

Friday June 26

ScreenDaily Talks: Indie “freefall” can spur post-Covid sustainability drive

Michael Winterbottom to direct TV drama about Boris Johnson’s handling of pandemic

Tenet pushed into August as Covid-19 spikes across US

Thursday June 25

UK industry publishes Covid-19 safety guidelines for cinemas

Odeon unveils “safer cinema” plans for UK & Ireland

How producers on Pure Flix sales title Man Of God started production in Greece (exclusive)

Screen sector vital to global economic recovery from impact of Covid-19, says report

Pinewood Atlanta Studios unveils health and safety protocols

Thessaloniki leads call for new online festival rules (exclusive)

Lucrecia Martel, Lav Diaz films selected for Locarno’s Covid-19-era initiative

Curzon to begin reopening UK cinemas from July 17

Wednesday June 24

Everyman to test reopening UK cinemas from July 4

Exhibitors respond to plans to reopen English cinemas from July 4

Scotland’s cinemas set for July 15 reopening

China audience consumption habits set to change post-virus, Cannes panel hears

US indie sector looks to government for insurance backstop

Tuesday June 23

Indie producers in “desperate need of cash flow”, Cannes panel hears

ScreenDaily Talks: What next for international production in the era of Covid-19?

EU must “do much more” to save European film and culture from Covid ruin, urges MEP

Vue preparing to reopen cinemas in England with “enhanced protocols”

Showcase outlines Covid-19 safety measures ahead of reopening cinemas in England

Cineworld, Odeon respond to greenlight to reopen cinemas in England

How Be A Good Wife tops French box office as theatres reopen

England’s cinemas set for July 4 reopening with reduced social distancing

Saint Frances UK theatrical plans revived ahead of cinemas reopening (exclusive)

Monday June 22

Paramount’s Spongebob movie pulled from summer theatrical release slot

Flanders Image moves 2020 CONNeXT showcase online

Four French distributors talk hopes and plans as cinemas reopen

Friday June 19

AMC, Regal make it mandatory for patrons to wear masks (update)

UK cinemas given access to 450 films to boost recovery

AMC Theatres to reopen on July 15 in US

Thursday June 18

The Trip To Greece tops New Zealand box office as cinemas return to full capacity

Hong Kong Filmart and HAF go virtual for August 2020 edition

Wednesday June 17

US exhibition major Cinemark outlines reopening plan

Helsinki, Finnish Film Affair set September dates for physical events

TorinoFilmLab to move online with record number of projects

UK screen sector faces 100,000 job losses, report warns

Tuesday June 16

Screen Talks: Panellists discuss UK production guidelines, Covid-19 insurance

Cineworld confirms US, UK, European reopening dates

Bafta moves back the dates of 2021 film awards in line with Oscars

Bafta changes eligibility rules for 2021 film awards

2021 Spirit Awards pushed to April

Monday June 15

Oscars pushed back to April 2021

UK film organisations launch coronavirus drive-in guidelines

My Working From Home Life: Argentinian director Armando Bó

WaZabi Films lines up Moon Rock For Monday for virtual Cannes (exclusive)

Docaviv unveils “hybrid” format, Israeli Competition titles for 2020 festival (exclusive)

Sunday June 14

No Time To Die to open in UK on November 12, North America on November 20

Japan debut drives Little Women to cusp of $100m international box office

Friday June 12

How drive-in cinemas are coming to the UK this summer

UK independent cinemas secure emergency funding from BFI

My Working From Home Life: UK filmmakers Tori Butler-Hart and Matthew Butler-Hart

Tenet move sparks schedule change domino effect

Hollywood guilds, unions issue Covid-19 safety guidelines

Amma Asante, Paul Feig, Julie Taymor to speak at post-Covid-19 conference Carla 2020

Thursday June 11

Alejandro G. Iñárritu backs fund for embattled Mexican industry workers

Los Angeles Country health officials issue Covid-19 production protocols

“Everyone took a Covid test”: Eiffel producer on restarting filming in Paris

Dutch film industry plots post-lockdown revival

Wednesday June 10

Screen Talks: Experts to discuss restarting indie film production in the UK

Hong Kong International Film Festival sets new August dates

Virtual Marché unveils full Cannes Docs programme

Tuesday June 9

AMC expects global sites to be open for Tenet, reports massive Q1 loss

Neil Marshall’s The Reckoning to open Fantasia International Film Festival

Greece poised to raise cash rebate from 35% to 40% as production resumes

Monday June 8

California cinemas can reopen from June 12 subject to health authority approval

BIFA relaxes rules, plans smaller award ceremonies due to Covid-19 effect (exclusive)

Universal to debut Blumhouse’s Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried horror You Should Have Left on PVoD

Saturday June 6

California governor says production can resume on June 12

Friday June 5

California governor says production can resume on June 12

Creative England launches two post-lockdown support funds (exclusive)

BFI Distribution acquires Lynn + Lucy for UK and Ireland; sets digital release (exclusive)

How the UK’s screen sector is playing its part during the Covid-19 crisis

Thursday June 4

Screen Talks: UK actors discuss Black Lives Matter, post-lockdown projects

Wednesday June 3

Comment: Cannes selection gets show on the road

“We didn’t want a devalued Cannes” says Thierry Frémaux on virtual 2020 Official Selection

Cannes reveals 2020 Official Selection titles

Steve McQueen duo among four UK titles confirmed for Cannes 2020 label

Sundance will consider Cannes 2020 selections for competition slots

Cinemark head confident Tenet will open in US on July 17

Tuesday June 2

Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 7 aiming to restart filming in September

UK horror event FrightFest postpones 2020 edition to October

Monday June 1

Hollywood studios, guilds submit Covid-19 white paper to CA, NYC governors

Julie Andrews joins Arclight sales title The King’s Daughter as narrator (exclusive)

UK’s MetFilm Sales picks up Hot Docs entry Meat The Future (exclusive)

UK production gets greenlight to resume as BFC issues safety guidance

Friday May 29

UK coronavirus production insurance plan “well-received” by government

Doclisboa to extend festival across six months due to virus crisis

Screen Talks: VFX leaders on adapting to lockdown, looking to next stage

Australia releases ‘Covid-safe guidelines’ to aid production restart

Ireland preparing Covid-19 guidelines as film and TV production given date to resume

Richard Ayoade to host online Bafta TV Awards on July 31

Thursday May 28

Cineworld expects to reopen all its cinemas in July

French cinemas given green light to reopen from June 22

Cannes to announce 2020 Official Selection on June 3

Jerusalem pushes on with 2020 festival, moves dates to August

France’s Lumière Festival to go ahead in October as planned

Dinard Film Festival confirms September dates for 2020 edition

Berlin, Busan winner House Of Hummingbird to get virtual theatrical launch on Kino Marquee (exclusive)

Wednesday May 27

Guest comment: “Covid-19 crisis will have a profound impact on film finance”

My Working From Home Life: Curzon Cinemas’ Jake Garriock

Sydney, EFP unveil 2020 Europe! Voices of Women in Film selection

French exhibitors eye July reopening

2020 IFP Week to switch to virtual event

Tuesday May 26

Pandemic deals body blow to Tribeca Film Institute

We Are One global film festival announces line-up

Women directed 70% of Frontières co-pro market first wave titles

Edgar Wright’s Last Night In Soho moved to April 2021

Regional government gives go-ahead for Venice Film Festival to take place in September

India announces post-lockdown guidelines for production and cinemas

Karlovy Vary reveals alternative festival line-up to screen in Czech cinemas

Taipei Film Festival to go ahead as physical event without overseas guests

Poland publishes Covid-19 guidelines for film and TV production

Saturday May 23

Digital events to mark 30th anniversary of Inside Out LGBT festival (exclusive)

Friday May 22

Mexican government backpedals on proposal to cut film fund

How European producers are forging ahead during lockdown

Inaugural IFF Panama Film Match unveils winners

UK industry fast-tracks training to help film and TV production resume

Thursday May 21

Guillermo del Toro blasts Mexican government bid to cut film fund (exclusive)

Mexican government moves to scrap film fund (reports)

Ulla Fudge talks preparing to shoot UK-Sweden feature Ultra Pure in July under social distancing

Kino Lorber adds Denise Ho - Becoming The Song to virtual cinema slate

Wednesday May 20

Screen Talks: Jérôme Paillard reveals first look at Cannes virtual market

Shanghai International Film Festival to be postponed due to coronavirus

California governor to release production guidelines next week

Robert Pattinson, Johnny Depp drama Waiting For The Barbarians to get US digital release

Myriad’s Scoundrel Media to launch Cannes virtual market sales on The Unfamiliar (exclusive)

My Working From Home Life: Filmmaker Morten Tyldum

Fears grow over Mexican film funding crisis (exclusive)

Hot Docs market team reflects on online pivot, early delegate response

Tuesday May 19

Locarno moves Leopards of Tomorrow shorts online as part of digital iteration

City of Cannes reveals plans to fire up events business this autumn

French sales agents call for festival solidarity to support films

Monday May 18

Focus Features moves horror Come Play out of July amid pandemic uncertainty

Spyglass to remake Scream, eyes 2020 start once pandemic protocols in place

The Hitman’s Bodyguard, London Has Fallen host studio Nu Boyana reopens in Bulgaria

“Every scene will be a stunt scene”: directors body FERA on Covid-era shoots

Korea’s Jeonju film festival unveils competition line-up for closed door edition

Italy set to reopen cinemas in June

Back-to-work blueprint for UK TV production unveiled

UK’s Film and TV Charity launches mental health support scheme

Saturday May 16

Lynn Shelton, Humpday director and US indie darling, dies at 54

Friday May 15

Enderby Entertainment defies pandemic to start virtual production on global thriller 92

Iceland unveils details for how international film productions can restart

Galway Film Fair to be reimagined as a digital event (exclusive)

French film publicists unite to create association as lockdown bites

Indian cinema chains PVR, Inox push back against digital premieres

Six more Indian movies to premiere digitally on Amazon Prime Video

Universal removes July release The Forever Purge from calendar

Thursday May 14

Screen Talks: Marché du Film’s Jérôme Paillard to discuss Cannes virtual market

Norwegian government adds €7.7m to film funding for coronavirus support

Production set to resume in Poland on May 18

HBO Max and Quibi to headline Marché du Film’s Meet the Streamers event

Istanbul Film Festival to screen 15 titles online including Berlin Alexanderplatz, Martin Eden

Goldfinch creates £500,000 loans fund for independent UK producers

Screen Yorkshire launches £200,000 Covid-19 support fund

Wednesday May 13

Screen Talks: Production experts talk new Covid-19 realities, pushing shoots to 2021

Disney sets August release for The New Mutants

Finn Wolfhard fantasy among virtual Cannes-bound Frontières projects

SXSW unveils online virtual reality showcase with Oculus

Rome’s MIA Market unveils digital and “Covid-proof” plans

Tuesday May 12

UK government confirms film and TV production can restart within social distancing guidelines

Russell Crowe movie Unhinged scheduled to open US summer season

Bectu outlines production restart member survey responses (exclusive)

CineEurope cancels 2020 edition

Greek film production to restart next week

Galway Film Fleadh unveils plans for digital 2020 edition

Cannes Marché du Film announces plans for Cannes XR Virtual

Online premieres will be eligible for the European Film Awards for the first time

Hamilton moved up to US Independence Day Disney+ launch

Banff organisers unveil plans for summer virtual edition

Locarno reveals details of its new The Films After Tomorrow awards

Udine’s Far East Film Festival moves online after postponing to June

Monday May 11

UK cinemas may re-open in July, confirms government

Screen business can help restart UK economy, says ex-BFI CEO Amanda Nevill

The Traitor sweeps board at Italy’s David di Donatellos

Pact: UK should copy French insurance fund

Sunday May 10

Thierry Frémaux talks Cannes 2020 Official Selection plans, saving cinema, and Spike Lee’s return (exclusive)

Saturday May 9

Kino Marquee virtual cinema releases to cross $400,000 this week

Friday May 8

Screen Talks: Independent producers say post-lockdown will be “about the small”

Screen Talks live Q&A: Locations experts to debate changing international landscape

Only 7% of Americans ready to return to theatres, poll says

Flanders’ VAF launches Covid-19 fund to support local film distribution

Thursday May 7

UK domestic film production falls 72% in Q1 pre-shutdown as inward investment booms

Adrian Wootton addresses “very detailed” British Film Commission Covid-19 guidelines

All eyes on the Nordic region as local production resumes

My Working From Home Life: ‘Midsommar’ producer Lars Knudsen

Czech Republic gearing up to resume production after coronavirus lockdown

Germany could see first cinemas reopen in North Rhine-Westphalia in late May

WME to lay off, furlough approximately 20% of workforce on Monday

Virus crisis plunges UK cinema admissions to record low

Melbourne artistic director Al Cossar talks virtual 68 ½ edition

Wednesday May 6

UK cinemas eyeing late June reopening

How Nordic cinemas have been navigating Covid-19

Tribeca Enterprises, IMAX, AT&T launch summer drive-in programme

Roadside Attractions sets 2020 release for renamed Benedict Cumberbatch spy drama The Courier

Spain increases filming incentive to 30% as lockdown eases

Melbourne Film Festival unveils plans for online edition

French government announces fund for delayed shoots

My Working From Home Life: Middle East distributor Gianluca Chakra

Tuesday May 5

Disney takes $1bn parks hit, mulls windows strategy shift amid pandemic

My Working From Home Life: UK writer Jack Thorne

Embrace Of The Serpent filmmakers highlight indigenous threat after star dies amid pandemic

IFF Panama launches first virtual co-production forum

AFI Docs Film Festival moves online, will open with Boys State

Cannes 2020: Industry debates pros and cons of festival label

Hong Kong cinemas to reopen this weekend as Covid-19 infections decline

EFP unveils digital edition of Producers on the Move

Monday May 4

Focus Features / Working Title’s The High Note gets digital-first release

First Texas theatre chain to reopen drew roughly 3,000 patrons (reports)

US industry contemplates possible impact of a much shorter theatrical window

Ireland unveils plans to re-open cinemas in August

Visions du Réel director hails expanded reach of online event; Punta Sacra leads 2020 winners

Saturday May 2

First Texas cinemas reopening in US after coronavirus lockdown

Friday May 1

AFM organisers say market still on course for November edition

Karlovy Vary directors on their reimagined 2020 plans, online industry component

BFI Audience Fund “very relaxed” on activity, targets during coronavirus shutdown

Neon’s Super Ltd claims industry’s first documentary deal from cancelled SXSW

My Working From Home Life: Heretic co-founder Giorgos Karnavas

Lionsgate dates Voyagers, John Wick 4, Saw spin-off Spiral

Thursday April 30

PVOD will complement, not replace, theatrical distribution after Covid-19 – NBCU head

Screen Talk live Q&A: How indie producers are keeping their 2020 slates alive

Shelli Taylor named Alamo Drafthouse CEO as doors remain closed despite Texas edict

Curzon acquires UK rights to three features to strengthen online offer during lockdown (exclusive)

Flanders’ VAF launches €2m emergency production fund

BIFA takes unconscious bias training free and online during crisis

Locarno chief Lili Hinsten talks completely new 2020 iteration

Pact taskforce tackles UK insurance concerns

China box office expected to decrease more than $4.2bn due to coronavirus

South Korean cinemas slowly reopening over holiday weekend

Wednesday April 29

Cineworld says it will not show films that ‘fail to respect windows’

My Working From Home Life: Park Circus CEO Mark Hirzberger-Taylor

Le Pacte sells French rights for Pinocchio to Amazon Prime Video

Locarno Film Festival cancels 2020 edition, creates special prizes for stalled films

Fantasia unveils plans for 2020 virtual edition

Jan Komasa’s Corpus Christi follow-up The Hater among Tribeca jury prize winners

BFI launches £2m crisis fund for UK indie films impacted by Covid-19

Vertigo acquires Fanny Lye Deliver’d for UK; sets digital release (exclusive)

Screen Talk: BFI CEO Ben Roberts reveals plans to restart production and retain the UK’s competitive edge

UNIC weighs in on Trolls World Tour release row

Korea’s Jeonju film festival to go ahead without a public audience

IDFA chief talks finding new online audiences, plans for 2020 edition

Beijing International Film Festival to run online version with streamer iQiyi

Tuesday April 28

War of words erupts after AMC says it will ban Universal films from its global sites (update)

Academy allows Oscar contenders to launch on streaming or digital platforms during pandemic

Bleecker Street to release Military Wives on digital platforms in US

Mubi launches UK Cinema Fund to support exhibitors during lockdown (exclusive)

My Working From Home Life: Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray

Trolls World Tour numbers signal long-term shift, NBCUniversal head says

HFPA extends Golden Globes eligibility rule change amid pandemic

French cinemas to remain closed until early June, with large gatherings banned until September

Outgoing Directors UK CEO: we must avoid “reproducing the fault lines of the past”

Haifa Film Festival determined to host 2020 edition

Karlovy Vary cancels 2020 edition, moves industry strand online

Monday April 27

Universal moves Judd Apatow comedy from theatrical summer schedule to premium VOD

Major film festivals partner with YouTube on free online event (exclusive)

Bafta supports Film and TV Charity fundraising drive, continues awards review

Screen Talk: BFI CEO Ben Roberts to speak on UK industry support in live Q&A

My Working From Home Life: Head Gear Films’ Phil Hunt

Festival programmers debate value of Cannes selection, online premieres and hopes for a new-look industry

UK creative sector calls for government help after alarming survey

Saturday April 25

Doctor Strange and Spider-Man sequels get new release dates

Friday April 24

How the Calm With Horses team pivoted to an online release

Lay-offs at MGM and furloughs at United Artists distribution venture

Mission: Impossible 7 release pushed back four months

TV sales professionals talk lessons learned from virtual markets

My Working From Home Life: The Ink Factory’s Katherine Butler

“Moving online has allowed us to expand our borders” say Visions du Reel artistic director and industry heads

Thursday April 23

Screen Talk: “Virtual cinema” could be viable new model after Covid-19

Charades, Neon sign innovative sales on three titles including She Dies Tomorrow

Urgent appeal after the UK’s Covid-19 relief fund falls £2m short

Wednesday April 22

US exhibitors body: many sites will not be able to re-open early (update)

WarnerMedia rethinking theatrical release model amid coronavirus pandemic

Endeavor cuts to impact one-third of company

“No doubt” Sarajevo Film Festival will take place despite virus crisis but Jerusalem postpones

My Working From Home Life: Australian actress Essie Davis

How the film industry can best embrace online pitching

Venice chief says “there is a concrete desire” to work with Cannes

Tuesday April 21

Netflix smashes forecasts, adds 15.8m global subs in Q1 amid coronavirus lockdown

Five percent of SXSW feature selections opt in to Amazon Prime Video, SXSW showcase

Blue Story, Scoob! bypass theatrical and head to digital platforms in US

IFC Films offers library titles free to theatres in first month they reopen

Sony Pictures pushes Venom 2 into 2021

Neon to launch Matt Wolf’s Spaceship Earth on May 8

European distribution bodies call for urgent support to avoid “long-term catastrophe”

My Working From Home Life: XYZ Films’ Nick Spicer

Mobile streaming surges 60% in Southeast Asia during coronavirus crisis

Charades seals fresh deals on Swallow as title gets VoD boost in the US (exclusive)

Biennale confirms Venice Film Festival dates, says no discussions underway with Cannes

Major US exhibitors unlikely to get on board April 27 Georgia state reopen plan

Monday April 20

US state governor to allow theatres to reopen in Georgia next week

Warner Bros moves The Batman deeper into 2021, Tenet remains set for July

Alarm bells ring for UK freelancers after last-minute update

UK’s Grimmfest launches free genre streaming platform during lockdown (exclusive)

My Working From Home Life: UK producer Matthew James Wilkinson

Filmmakers react to Qumra Online: “It was beautiful this happened in such hard times”

Parkland Entertainment reshuffles UK theatrical releases, acquires three new films (exclusive)

Thailand’s trade department launches online trade show for Thai content

Sunday April 19

Cannes unveils details for online Marche du Film

Bectu, Pact join forces to lobby UK government over freelancers

Friday April 17

Comic-Con cancels 2020 edition

Sundance Institute launches $1m emergency coronavirus relief fund

Disney sets Artemis Fowl digital release date

Netflix, Netherlands Film Fund launch Covid production aid

Series Mania extends project component of Digital Forum until May 29

My Working From Home Life: UK filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach

Screen Talk live Q&A: How indie distributors are creating virtual cinema models

Venice Film Festival planning goes on but doubts intensify

Poland’s New Horizons Film Festival postponed due to Covid-19 ban

Screen Ireland provides €4.5m coronavirus support measures

Thursday April 16

Cannes 2020: what was in the running (and still might be)

Agency-led Cannes virtual market platform to launch on June 22

White House coronavirus plan outlines steps to reopen US theatres

Steven Soderbergh to head DGA back-to-work taskforce

AMC targets liquidity boost with $500m private offering

Allen Daviau, E.T. and The Color Purple cinematographer, dies aged 77

Bhutan, Cuba and the Philippines filmmakers in first virtual TFI Network film marker

My Working From Home Life: UK agent Roger Charteris

Comment: Cannes – requiem for the dream

Quiz cast, writer on releasing a show during quarantine: “The desire to connect with people is very strong”

Wednesday April 15

“We hope to have our cinemas open for mid-July,” says UNIC

Key UK film industry Covid-19 crisis funds go live

Annick Mahnert to head Frontières as July market goes online

New dates revealed for Cannes Marché du Film’s online edition

Cannes Critics’ Week, Directors’ Fortnight, ACID cancel 2020 editions

My Working From Home Life: Lebanese producer Georges Schoucair

Curzon scores record premium VoD opening with Safy Nebbou’s Who You Think I Am

Tuesday April 14

Amid Cannes uncertainty, US industry eyes late June for virtual market activity

Netflix donates to Brazil, Mexico industry workers as part of $100m relief fund

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival unveils digital events

Liverpool mayor establishes £400,000 creative businesses fund

Cannes acknowledges late June start no longer possible, considering other options

Miami Film Festival to stage online world premiere of US surgeon documentary

HBO Europe orders At Home anthology series from five Spanish directors

Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket line-up includes Extinction Rebellion, Saudi women’s football team projects

My Working From Home Life: British Council’s Briony Hanson

Monday April 13

Cannes dealt blow as France bans larger gatherings until mid-July

Disney pushes back Pixar tentpole Soul to November

Universal says Trolls World Tour scored biggest digital debut in history

Lionsgate to livestream four free library films

My Working From Home Life: Post house Creativity Media’s Patrick Fischer

Friday April 10

Screen Talk: the challenges and opportunities for film festivals during Covid-19

AFCI launches global update platform amid coronavirus pandemic

My Working From Home Life: ICM Partners’ Jessica Lacy

Thursday April 9

Screen Scotland unveils £1m development pot for indie film and TV producers

CPH:DOX online screenings reach 113,000 viewers (exclusive)

Misbehaviour producer talks having film pulled due to virus crisis: “It’s devastating”

BFI reveals £4.6m support package for UK film industry

David Bowie film Stardust to get digital release for industry

International buyers talk virtual markets, Cannes odds and holding the theatrical line

My Working From Home Life: UK Film Distributors’ Association’s Andy Leyshon

How XYZ Films is shifting gears as coronavirus pandemic disrupts Hollywood

BFI partners with UK cinemas to serve regional audiences during lockdown

Wednesday April 8

“Urgent action” to save film and TV sector demanded by 51 European media outfits

Series Mania chief Laurence Herszberg assesses challenging 2020 digital edition

UPI France chief Xavier Albert talks complexity of releasing under lockdown

Why Reggie Yates won’t let a mid-shoot shutdown kill the vibe on his directorial debut Pirates

UK’s Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund launches as 93% of freelancers now out of work

Icelandic Oscar submission A White, White Day among trio of films to debut on Film Movement’s Virtual Cinema (exclusive)

CAA implements pay-cuts due to coronavirus pandemic

Producers Bruna Papandrea, Gregg Fienberg launch Hollywood relief fund

Festival Scope, Shift72 join forces as online film festivals proliferate

Netflix helps kickstart French Covid-19 film and TV workers emergency relief fund

My Working From Home Life: augenschein Filmproduktion’s Jonas Katzenstein

Tuesday April 7

Universal bumps M Night Shyamalan thriller as Nobody moves to 2021

NATPE moves back key events in Budapest, Los Angeles

ScreenPlus, Vista Group partner on exhibitor VOD product

How the international VFX industry is continuing to work during the coronavirus shutdown

Screen International launches ‘Talks’ live Q&A series with moving film festivals online panel

Chernobyl costume makers to donate face masks to coronavirus effort

My Working From Home Life: Facebook’s Anna Higgs

Cineworld executives to defer salary and bonuses during Covid crisis

Melbourne Film Festival cancels 2020 edition and industry platform

Edinburgh TV festival switches to online-only for 2020 edition

Annecy Film Fesival and Market cancels 2020 edition; online version planned

Starlight Media, Lion Forge Animation Studio form alliance

Monday April 6

Academy puts back crucial governors meeting to late April

Munich Film Festival cancels 2020 edition

French box office plummeted 68.3% year-on-year in March

All income wiped out for 42% of firms says UK’s Creative Industries Federation

Pathe to break theatrical window with Misbehaviour UK digital release

My Working From Home Life: Antoine Le Bos, French screenwriter and CEO of Le Groupe Ouest

Bleecker Street, US theatres set virtual release for The Roads Not Taken

Friday April 3

Disney moves Mulan, Black Widow, The French Dispatch to later this year

Women in Film & TV UK survey reveals 96% of members have lost all their income

IFC Midnight pounces on Russian Tribeca selection Sputnik (exclusive)

Tribeca Film Festival to premiere select content online

Global box office facing estimated $10bn loss due to coronavirus

German film industry calls for creation of “stability fund” to support sector through Covid-19 crisis

Curzon brings forward online dating title Who You Think I Am for the UK and rejigs slate

UK’s Barbican Cinema launches emerging film curator lab

First ‘National Theatre At Home’ screening finds global audience of nearly 1m

Thursday April 2

Disney putting all non-essential staff on furlough

Toronto planning “united platform” to support industry

UPI, Warner Bros to break French theatrical window alongside local studios, indies

Amazon Prime Video, SXSW to launch 10-day viewing platform

Paramount moves Top Gun: Maverick to December, sets A Quiet Place II

My Working From Home Life: UK producer Simon Chinn

Monte-Carlo Television Festival pushed to 2021 due to Covid-19

Korean film industry not impressed with coronavirus support measures

Sony sets up $100m coronavirus relief fund

Filmatique launches free 7 Days Of Cinema series (exclusive)

Wednesday April 1

Disney rehires then furloughs The Little Mermaid UK crew

Minions: The Rise Of Gru moves to 2021 as another tentpole vacates summer

UK’s Barbican cinemas extends closure to July

My Working From Home Life: Kirsten Schaffer, Women in Film, Los Angeles

Emmy-winning composer, Fountains Of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger dies from coronavirus

Unifrance assesses Covid-19 impact on French cinema exports

Frozen 2 continues digital domination in UK

Tuesday March 31

My Working From Home Life: UK casting director Shaheen Baig

Timur Bekmambetov producing Tales From The Quarantine anthology film (exclusive)

Is the optimism of US exhibitor CEO at odds with Hollywood’s thinking?

Sheffield Doc/Fest’s industry activities to move online for later in 2020

Film & TV Charity issues mental health guidance

Long-running LGBTQ+ festival Frameline postponed due to coronavirus

Vertigo sets early UK digital release for The Assistant

San Sebastian and Zurich film festivals to introduce industry markets after SXSW, Tribeca losses

Switzerland’s Visions du Réel reveals details of extended online 2020 edition

US head theatre lobbyist talks stimulus package, windows, CinemaCon 2021

Monday March 30

Morbius, Greyhound among Sony tentpoles pushed from summer slots

International female collective to defy coronavirus with anthology project (exclusive)

Cinemark, Disney cut executive salaries amid coronavirus pandemic

CPH:DOX says it’s seen ‘overwhelming’ demand for online screenings (exclusive)

Alamo Drafthouse unveils first genre titles in Virtual Cinema initiative

US theatre owners group teams up on $2.4m relief fund

Modern Films launches initiative to support UK indie cinemas

Urgent call for UK creative businesses and freelancers to respond to Covid-19 survey

Why China’s cinemas have closed again after partially reopening

France’s Cinema en Construction event goes online with new films by Paz Fábrega and Rodrigo Plá

HBO Max still on course for May launch despite coronavirus pandemic

Curzon, BFI Player, MUBI reveal latest viewing data during UK lockdown

France’s Cinema en Construction event goes online with new films by Paz Fábrega and Rodrigo Plá

“Fragile ecosystem” of doc funding highlighted by Covid-19 crisis

My Working From Home Life: Palestinian director Muayad Alayan

Friday March 27

National Geographic assessing “quite a few” pitches about coronavirus, says exec on CPH:DOX panel

Industry voices support as $2.2tn stimulus package signed into law (update)

Equity pledges £1m for member support, issues call for further contributions

Focus Features moves Never Rarely Sometimes Always to on-demand amid theatre closures

China re-closes cinemas after partial reopening

Emmys push back voting deadlines, suspends “For Your Consideration” events

Flanders Image cancels 2020 CONNeXT showcase

Cannes responds to industry questions around postponement

My Working From Home Life: Organic managing director Caragh Cook

Thursday March 26

Coronavirus pandemic triggers Golden Globes rule change

Kino Lorber expands virtual exhibitor initiative

UK government unveils plan to support self-employed

My Working From Home Life: Jon Wardle, director of the UK’s National Film & Television School

European Film Promotion reveals digital plans for upcoming festivals; Producers on the Move to stay in May

How smaller UK streaming platforms are stepping up in the time of coronavirus

UK’s Cineworld backtracks on staff layoffs after government action

Exhibition giant Cinepolis to close entire Mexican chain

Raindance sets 2020 festival dates, will take place “no ifs, no buts”

Zoom TV shows could be on the way, CPH:CONFERENCE virtual panel hears

Wednesday March 25

Inaugural CPH:DOX online forum discusses Creative Europe support, Cannes plans

US theatre owners lobby group welcomes $2.2tn stimulus package

How the international film industry is providing creative, financial and social support through the Covid-19 crisis

At a glance: film industry coronavirus creative, social and financial support initiatives

Bafta considers moving awards screenings online and help with fees for freelancers

My Working From Home Life: AGC Studios’ Stuart Ford

AMC furloughs all corporate staff including CEO

Endeavor lays off 250 staff in coronavirus cuts

Series Mania kicks-off online digital forum with market premieres and project pitches

Frozen 2 scores second biggest ever digital debut in UK

Tuesday March 24

US stimulus package breakthrough could “literally save movie theatre industry”

Singapore closes cinemas in new raft of coronavirus protection measures

SXSW winners plot next moves after online wins

Sundance London, Hong Kong festivals postponed amid coronavirus pandemic

Wonder Woman 1984 postponed to August amid coronavirus pandemic

SXSW 2020 announces jury, special award winners after cancelled event

Lionsgate to break theatrical window with Military Wives digital release

Film4 acquires Dogs Don’t Wear Pants TV rights (exclusive)

Queen Of Chess takes development prize at first virtual ZagrebDox Pro

BFI, Film and TV Charity create Covid-19 emergency relief fund; Netflix donates £1m

CineEurope reschedules 2020 edition for August

My Working From Home Life: Voltage Pictures’ Jonathan Deckter

Curzon, BFI Player, MUBI reveal viewing data after UK and European cinemas shut down

UNIC urges national governments to support European cinemas

Monday March 23

UK’s ScreenSkills outlines workforce support measures

UTA implements global pay cuts amid coronavirus pandemic

Canada’s Banff World Media Festival joins list of cancelled events due to coronavirus

Canadian exhibitor Cineplex introduces lay-offs, pay cuts

Around 500 Chinese cinemas reopen as coronavirus cases decline

UK box office stalls as cinemas close amid pandemic

How might the international film festival circuit be transformed by the Covid-19 crisis?

UK trade bodies issue £15bn freelancer coronavirus masterplan

La Llorona, When Liberty Burns among winners judged virtually at truncated Miami Film Festival

Sunday March 22

US theatrical sector hangs in balance as Congress debates stimulus package

Harvey Weinstein tests positive in prison for coronavirus (reports)

Saturday March 21

Disney delays French launch of Disney+ due to coronavirus

How UK indie cinemas are coping with the impact of coronavirus

Friday March 20

Bafta in talks with UK distributors to bring in emergency eligibility rules for film awards (exclusive)

Christopher Nolan: theatres “a vital part of social life”

Cannes delay prompts mixed response from US independent sector

LA Screenings Independents market sets up virtual event

Netflix pledges $100m relief package amid coronavirus pandemic

US producers body postpones June Produced By Conference

France softens media windows to help distributors amid coronavirus lockdown

Film Movement, Art House Convergence launch virtual theatrical platform

UK government to close cinemas; faces criticism over freelancer support

Cannes Critics’ Week abandons May dates, continues selection process

European cinema group warns against breaking theatrical window during pandemic

Disney, Paramount move up digital releases of Onward, Sonic The Hedgehog (update)

Curzon staff agree to “short-term pay cut” in the wake of coronavirus closures

UK’s Cineworld begins staff layoffs following coronavirus closures

European film industry reacts to possible summer move by Cannes

Thursday March 19

Cannes Film Festival postponed as heads mull end of June, beginning of July restart

Virtual Cannes market participants monitoring situation after festival postponement

Canadian audiovisual industry launches coronavirus taskforce launches

Universal postpones July release of Minions: The Rise Of Gru

Kino Lorber, independent theatres to split revenues under virtual exhibitor plan

British Film Commission teams with BFI, UK government, industry partners on COVID-19 measures

Directors UK calls for “proportional income support” for film and TV freelancers

Doha Film Institute moves Qumra online

BFI Flare festival reveals digital plans after coronavirus cancellation

Seattle International Film Festival cancelled

Half of UK creative sector freelancers have already lost money

Warner Bros not confirming reports of Harry Potter re-release in China

Production suspended on Reggie Yates’ directorial debut Pirates

Netflix to lower streaming quality in Europe to ease load on internet

Wednesday March 18

US theatre lobby calls on Congress for emergency aid package for workers

Sony’s Bloodshot going on VOD 11 days after theatrical release

Reed Midem launches MIPTV ONLINE+ as coronavirus fuels industry-wide digital drive

Göteborg Film Festival’s VOD platform to support Swedish arthouse cinemas

Empire Cinemas closes UK sites due to coronavirus pandemic

Cannes Marché du Film is setting up a virtual market to “run alongside physical event”

Screen Ireland announces plans to support film, TV sector during pandemic 

Netherlands Film Fund chief reveals first measures to protect Dutch industry

Korean sellers express concern over Cannes decision delay 

Edinburgh International Film Festival postponed due to coronavirus

Tuesday March 17

Independents, agencies planning virtual Cannes market

Universal reignites debate over theatrical windows

US theatre lobby: “People will return to movie theatres because that is who people are”

Disney postpones Black Widow release amid coronavirus concerns

CineEurope sets May deadline for decision on 2020 edition

Everyman to close UK cinemas for two weeks due to coronavirus

Pact calls on government to support the UK’s indie film and TV sector

Odeon, Cineworld, Picturehouse to close all UK and Ireland cinemas due to coronavirus

UK’s BFI Southbank cancels events, screenings over coronavirus concerns

New guidelines force closure of all cinemas throughout Germany

Series Mania launches Digital Forum initiative following cancellation

Monday March 16

US, Canadian cinema chain closures begin in response to coronavirus (update)

BFI chief pledges support to UK industry amid “unprecedented challenge”

Universal breaks theatrical window in response to coronavirus

Geechee start of production suspended, SPC pushes The Climb to later date

London’s ICA becomes first UK cinema to close due to coronavirus

The Forgiven starring Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain halts production in Morocco

Amman International Film Festival postponed, tentatively rescheduled for late August

BFI Flare festival cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

LA, New York mayors order cinema closures amid coronavirus pandemic

Sunday March 15

Coronavirus, theatre closures drive worst North American box office weekend in 20 years

Bloodshot rules anaemic international box office as coronavirus hits theatre-going

Saturday March 14

France orders closure of cinemas and all public spaces due to coronavirus

UK joins US travel ban list as first theatre chain adopts social distancing

Cannes denies French media reports that it is cancelled

Universal suspends production on Jurassic World: Dominion, other live-action features

Disney to put Frozen 2 on Disney+ three months early

Friday March 13

LA Screenings Independents cancelled amid pandemic

Two major US exhibitors cut seating capacity by half in response to coronavirus

Netflix halts all US, Canada production for two weeks over coronavirus concerns

Platino Awards, Guadalajara, Cartagena postponed over coronavirus concerns

Hot Docs postpones festival amid coronavirus pandemic, plans virtual market

UK film sector scrambles to respond to the coronavirus crisis

The Little Mermaid, select Disney live-action productions on hiatus amid coronavirus fears

French exhibitors, distributors face tough choices in face of coronavirus

SXSW to judge 2020 competition films digitally

UK box office preview: Misbehaviour, Calm With Horses debut as cinemas stay open

Greek annual admissions could fall as much as 50% as all cinemas close for at least two weeks

French exhibitors vow to keep cinemas open as government bans gatherings of more than 100 people

UK’s NFTS moves David Puttnam-led event online over coronavirus concerns

Korean cinema admissions down 67% in February due to coronavirus

FICCI Frames postponed, India closes some cinemas in response to coronavirus

Thursday March 12

Tribeca Film Festival postponed amid coronavirus fears

Majors cancel LA Screenings, The Morning Show shoot breaks as TV industry counts cost of coronavirus fears

Kinepolis announces closure of cinemas in Belgium until March 31 due to coronavirus

Disneyland Paris joins Disney parks closures amid coronavirus concerns

Coronavirus halts Madrid shoot of Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas drama Official Competition

F9, Mulan among Hollywood releases postponed over coronavirus fears

AFCI Week in LA postponed to June 22-26 amid pandemic concerns (exclusive)

A Quiet Place Part II postpones release date due to coronavirus

Italian nurse film A Steady Job wins Thessaloniki industry awards

CinemaCon cancelled as Trump imposes Euro travel ban to US

Denmark’s CPH:DOX cancels physical event, plans virtual stand-in (update)

Wednesday March 11

Verdict on Thessaloniki’s virtual pitch forum: Cheaper, more intimate but nothing can replace face-to-face

Series Mania TV festival and industry event cancelled due to coronavirus

Cannes president Pierre Lescure “optimistic”, debunks insurance company claims

Austria’s Diagonale film festival cancelled as coronavirus spreads

All Italian cinemas closed and film production halted until April 3

Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival postponed due to coronavirus

Tuesday March 10

UK sales outfit first to confirm it will not attend Cannes due to coronavirus concerns (exclusive)

Sony moves Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway from Easter to August due to coronavirus concerns

Studiocanal UK moves The Secret Garden forward to fill No Time To Die, Peter Rabbit 2 slot

Lithuania’s Meeting Point Vilnius, Croatia’s Zagrebdox latest coronavirus casualties

French culture minister Franck Riester tests positive for coronavirus

Malaga Film Festival postponed over coronavirus fears

Monday March 9

France tightens coronavirus restrictions as Cannes speculation intensifies

US industry explores virtual solutions to coronavirus outbreak

Quibi cancels April US launch party

Bulgaria’s Sofia Film Festival and Sofia Meetings “postponed” over coronavirus concerns

Denmark’s CPH:DOX cancels opening gala due to coronavirus; festival going ahead as it stands

Sunday March 8

Onward rules global box office as coronavirus takes toll (update)

Friday March 6

SXSW cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Italian cinemas look to stay open with audiences required to sit three seats apart

Cannes confirms Official Selection announcement date

Series Mania pushes on with 2020 edition, mulls virtual solutions

Thursday March 5

Studios ponder next moves after coronavirus James Bond delay (update)

CinemaCon organisers bullish about show despite cancellations from China, Japan, South Korea, Italy

Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film both “confident” they will take place

Wednesday March 4

Bond movie No Time To Die postponed due to coronavirus concerns

MIPTV cancelled due to coronavirus; Canneseries postponed

Sony closes European offices due to coronavirus fears

Miami Film Market to go ahead despite Unifrance, EFP withdrawal over coronavirus concerns (exclusive)

Tuesday March 3

Doha Film Institute cancels Qumra over coronavirus concerns

Red Sea International Film Festival postponed over coronavirus fears

Italian box office falls 75% year-on-year following coronavirus outbreak

Hollywood monitoring coronavirus as industry speculates on global cost

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival postponed due to coronavirus

Sunday March 1

Coronavirus fears hit box office as Sonic The Hedgehog rules international (update)

Friday February 28

Cannes Film Festival, MipTV working with authorities following city’s first coronavirus case

Thursday February 27

Far East Film Festival in Udine, northern Italy delayed until June due to coronavirus

Korean box office hit by coronavirus fears with declining admissions, Parasite(B&W Version) postponed

Chinese companies pull out of CinemaCon over coronavirus travel ban

Monday February 24

Coronavirus fears hit the Italian box office as admissions fall, cinemas close and releases are postponed

Thursday February 20

China’s film industry counts the cost of coronavirus outbreak

Tuesday February 18

Asterix & Obelix, The Silk Road producers deny coronavirus cancellation rumours

Thursday February 13

Hong Kong Filmart to be postponed to August due to coronavirus outbreak

Hong Kong International Film Festival and HAF to be postponed to summer

Wednesday February 12

Hong Kong Film Awards unveils nominations, but mulls new format due to coronavirus fears

Tuesday February 4

Filmart 2020 in the balance as coronavirus fears hit plans for Hong Kong event

Thursday January 30

Chinese streaming platforms flourish during virus outbreak

Friday January 24

How the Chinese film industry is responding to the coronavirus crisis

Thursday January 23

Chinese New Year film releases pulled due to coronavirus outbreak