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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.

Friday May 29

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