The 2021 Cannes Film Festival is currently scheduled to begin on May 11th only 3 ½ months away. However, as the timeline extends for a general recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, it is looking increasingly unlikely that organizers will be able to hold to these dates. Last week, the Association of Hotel Operators in Cannes was notified that the festival would likely need to be postponed, with new dates set for mid-July. Last year, festival organizers announced in April only one month before its opening that the 2020 festival would be postponed, as the pandemic came crashing down on the world.
Eventually, the in-person festival was cancelled outright, with a slate of films being honored as Official Selections in a June 3rd announcement. 2021 has not yet been able to deliver on the hopes of the film industry for a return to normal times. However, hope springs eternal, and perhaps the glamour of Cannes 2021 will only be delayed by a few months.