Telluride Film Festival has announced that the 2020 edition of the fest has been cancelled. The reason being the coronavirus pandemic and the complications associated with it. The states are struggling to control the coronavirus after the reopening, the organising such a huge festival will only add to the cause. This is definitely a big blow to the movie industry and the upcoming award season.
The festival organisers released the statement that said that after the months of the intense diligence around physically holding an event, we’ve come to the heartbreaking but unanimous conclusion to cancel this year’s Labor day celebration of the film in Telluride. They further said that due to the unending number of new cases of Covid-19 and the national chaos around it, even the best strategy is threatened by thus out of control environment. No matter how many of us wear our masks and observe social distancing protocols, the pandemic has worsened rather than improved and the health and safety of you- our passholders, filmmakers, the people of Telluride and its surrounding areas- cannot be compromised.
The Telluride film festival was started in 1974 by Bill and Stella Pence, Tom Luddy, and James Card of Eastman-Kodak Film Preserve. It is operated by the National Film Preserve.
The celebrated novelist Salman Rushdie wrote of his experience of the film festival,’It is extraordinarily exciting, in this age of the triumph of capitalism, to discover an event dedicated not to commerce but to love’.