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Virus Outbreak Forces Postponement of Udine Asian Film Festival

Virus Outbreak Forces Postponement of Udine Asian Film Festival

The Far East Film Festival in Udine, one of the best-regarded specialty festivals on the calendar, is to postpone its upcoming edition. The festival is situated in North Eastern Italy where the coronavirus outbreak has recently struck hard.

The festival had been scheduled to run April 24 – May 2. Udine’s 22nd edition will now be held two months later, from June 26 to July 4.

Organizers made the announcement on Thursday. They said it was “a very hard decision to take,” given the amount of preparation that had already been undertaken. But they acknowledged that as Italy’s public health measures are being stepped up, they had little choice.

“Public health is the top priority,” said Far East fest co-founders Sabrina Baracetti and Thomas Bertacche in a statement, adding that they were glad that Italian institutions behind the event, and also its main venue and hub the Teatro Nuovo, had supported the date change.

See full article on Variety