2021 Palm Springs International Film Festival is Canceled

Jessica Chastain at the Palm Springs film festival in 2018. Photo by Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9306496y)

The 32nd edition of the popular film festival is officially canceled. The Festival is set to return in 2022.

The festival, founded in 1989, takes place annually at Palm Springs. Each year, the festival hands out awards for actors and actresses, many of them go on to be nominated for an Oscar. Among others, Matthew McConaughey has won for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, Sandra Bullock for her role in Gravity, Johnny Depp for Black Mass, Cate Blanchett for Carol, and Casey Affleck received the award in 2017 for Manchester by the Sea.

The Palm Springs International Film Society announced the news Monday. 

The society wrote in a release: “During this time the Film Society will continue its mission to share the best in cinema through virtual member and community programs. Film Society Memberships will be extended to February 2022 at no additional cost. Memberships that include festival benefits will receive the festival benefits in January 2022 and those with Film Awards Gala benefits will receive those benefits in either 2021 or 2022. Year-round member screenings and events will continue virtually until theaters are able to open. These changes are being made to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, staff, filmmaker guests, volunteers, and partners and to make sure we can have a memorable and enjoyable festival experience.”

This joins other festivals that were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some international festival took place under severe restrictions, such as The Venice Film Festival.

The 2021 Palm Springs International Film Festival set for February 25-March 8.