Tribeca Film Festival postpones 2020 edition
Tribeca Film Festival has announced that it will postpone this year's edition due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The news comes hot on the heels of Film at Lincoln Center announcing the suspension of performances after Governor Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people in New York State.
In a statement, Tribeca CEO and co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises Jane Rosenthal said: "We founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to heal our community after the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. We were determined to overcome our fear and anxiety by joining together. It is in our DNA to march forward while caring about our community
"We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 19th Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26) based on the announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public while also supporting our friends, filmmakers and storytellers who look to Tribeca as a platform to showcase their work to audiences. We will be back to you shortly with our plans."
It has been a tough week for the film industry globally as it was announced that Peter Rabbit 2, A Quiet Place 2 and the ninth instalment of the Fast And Furious franchise, F9 would all have their release dates pushed back. In the US, it was announced that the rollout of The Artist’s Wife from April 3 was also being postponed, and the releases of Mulan, Antlers and The New Mutants are being held back indefinitely.
CPH: Dox, in Denmark, also announced earlier today it would not be holding a physical festival this year and would instead be screening some of the films virtually.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have also revealed they have tested positive Covid-19