- The 2020 Telluride Film Festival is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Telluride Film Festival has officially canceled this year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scheduled to run from September 3 through the 7, it joins the many festivals that had to cancel due to the pandemic. The 2020 edition would have been the 47th festival, which takes place in Telluride, CO.
“After months of intense due diligence around physically holding an event, we’ve come to the heartbreaking but unanimous conclusion to cancel this year’s Labor Day celebration of film in Telluride,” the festival said in a statement on Tuesday. “But with a seemingly unending number of new cases of Covid-19 and the national chaos around it, even the best strategy is threatened by this out of control environment.”
“For those who have supported us and believe in what we are trying to do, our gratitude is enormous. Thank you. We will need you in the coming months in many ways. Let’s light candles now to conjure a better 2021 and Labor Day weekend in Telluride, together, under the stars in the mountains doing what many of us love the most. The way we prefer to experience cinema will return. Let’s make it so,” continued the statement.
The festival will return next year and there has been no word if organizers will plan an online edition.