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Coronavirus

The new 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.

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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

Wednesday March 25

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

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