The 2020 Sydney Film Festival has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns. This is the first time in history the annual Festival has been scrapped.
The decision to scrap the Festival, which was to run from June 3rd to June 14th this year, comes as a New South Wales Public Health event order has been put in place to ban events of 500 people or more. That order is currently in place until… yep, June 14th.
The SFF board and management called the cancellation “the only responsible decision – albeit a devastating one.”
“Sydney Film Festival will return in 2021 with a more crucial role than ever before,” said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “In changing and challenging times, the Festival is proud to be the forum where we collectively discover and discuss the world and our times through the medium of film.”
The Sydney Film Festival says those that hold tickets to this year’s festival will be contacted with offers of 2021 replacements or refunds.
This also means there will be no Sydney Film Festival Official Competition this year. The 2019 winner of best film was handed to Bong Joon Ho’s much-lauded Parasite. Previous winners: The Heiresses (2018); On Body and Soul (2017); Aquarius (2016); Arabian Nights (2015); Two Days, One Night (2014); Only God Forgives (2013); Alps (2012); A Separation (2011); Heartbeats (2010); Bronson (2009); and Hunger (2008).