Organizers of the Palm Springs International Film Festival have announced that the event, which was supposed to take place January 7-17, has been canceled due to the pandemic situation in the United States which has peaked again.
The announcement, made Wednesday (29/12) time in the United States, comes after the Film Awards, which was part of the festival on January 6, were canceled.
“Based on the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced that the film festival will not be taking place on January 7-17,” the organizers said in a statement.
“After careful consideration, the Film Society feels this is the most responsible decision to ensure the safety of our customers, filmmakers and staff,” he continued.
“Those who have purchased access and festival tickets will receive a refund. For the most part, refunds will go back to their original payment method,” they said.
Although the main event will not run in 2022, they are still planning to have a ShortFest next summer. The event will be held on 21-27 June 2022 “The Film Festival and Film Awards will return to face-to-face events in January 2023,” organizers said.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is the latest event to be canceled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the United States. Last week, the Critics Choice Awards originally scheduled for January 9 in Los Angeles were also postponed. The same goes for Fox’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is a film festival held in Palm Springs, California, and has been going on since 1989. The show is one of the most awaited film festivals by filmmakers and film lovers, especially independent and international.
Meanwhile, the United States again recorded a daily case record with 465,670 cases on Wednesday (30/12). Thus the US broke the record for two consecutive days.Previously, on Tuesday (29/12), the US reported daily cases with 335,037 cases and 2,017 deaths.
The spike in cases in the United States has occurred since the end of last November, allegedly triggered by the Omicron variant. However, the number of deaths and hospitalizations did not increase.