Beijing International Film Festival 2020 postponed due to coronavirus epidemic, announce organisers
Beijing International Film Festival was scheduled to take place from 19 to 26 April.
The 10th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) has been postponed until further notice in view of the coronavirus epidemic, the festival's organising committee announced on Sunday.
The movie gala was scheduled to take place between 19-26 April.
The annual festival has been deferred in consideration of the safety and health of all the guests, participants and the public, as well as to coordinate with the overall epidemic prevention work in the city.
"We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the postponement of the event and we will announce the possible date of the festival as soon as possible," the statement read.
The novel virus originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year and has claimed over 3,000 lives in the country.
Many events around the world have been cancelled amid the COVID-19 outbreak, including film festivals and music concerts. Release of much-awaited James Bond film No Time to Die has also been pushed by seven months to November.
Apart from China, over 3,400 people have died of the deadly disease and over 101,000 have been infected from the virus globally.
Eastern India Motion Picture Association also asked for exemption of tax and duties for theatres, and providing financial help to the employees of single screens.
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