23 Mar – Cinemalaya has officially postponed its film festival in response to the threat of COVID-19.
As reported on Rappler, the organisers announced the news on its official social media account on 21 March, stating, "We recognize the health and safety hazards that film production might pose on filmmakers and workers as they strive to meet the original deadlines for the competition. We also anticipate the modified ways of 'live' audience engagement that might need to be adopted after the quarantine period."
The festival also stated that they will also consider solutions for "mitigating the economic loss that stakeholders of the festival absorbed" and looking for alternative ways of "delivering the content to the public using online technologies".
However, despite the postponement, Cinemalaya stated that they are heartened by the independent initiatives of filmmakers and the public to use the digital medium to inform, instruct, and inspire.
"We anticipate a new breed of stories and storytellers as we emerge from this defining moment in our history," the organisers continued.
The 2020 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival was originally scheduled to be held in August. No new date has been set for the time being.
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