United States

Coronavirus rattles Berlin Film Festival with dozens of cancelations

The Berlin Film Festival, which gets underway next week, is bracing itself for disruption to its 2020 edition as more than 50 Chinese delegates and a handful of international executives have canceled attendance due to the deadly coronavirus. Matthijs Wouter Knol, who heads up the festival’s industry wing the European Film Market (EFM), confirmed to us that a delegation of representatives from major Chinese companies has been unable to obtain the necessary travel visas due to the outbreak. To date, 59 related cancelations have come from China, as well as a further five from unspecified international territories. The event explained that it was expecting more, but insisted that numbers so far do not indicate a significant drop. A Ber ...