The Venice Movie Competition is forging forward with preparations for the September 2-12 occasion regardless of coronavirus issues, and ruling out the likelihood that the fest might go digital — no less than not in its entirety.

“The Venice Movie Competition can’t be changed by an internet occasion,” a Venice spokesman advised Selection on Monday. He added that “there’s clearly the likelihood that we use know-how for some initiatives,” however famous that at current “it’s too early for this to be determined.”

The Venice spokesman was commenting on a quick interview given by Venice inventive director Alberto Barbera to Italian information company ANSA over the weekend, wherein Barbera stated he’s presently not weighing digital choices.

Barbera was reacting within the interview to final week’s announcement by Toronto Movie Competition co-heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey that they had been “taking a look at each on-site and digital improvements” for the occasion, which is scheduled to run Sept. 10-20, attributable to “uncertainty about what ‘folks coming collectively once more’ will appear to be come September.”

“Toronto is a special sort of competition, not akin to Cannes or Venice,” Barbera advised ANSA, including that whereas he and his workforce “are working simply the identical as in previous years,” at current, “we can not present specifics concerning the future,” apart from the truth that Venice doesn’t see scrapping the bodily facet of the occasion as a risk.

In the meantime, in an additional indication that Venice is transferring ahead seemingly undeterred, no less than till a clearer September state of affairs emerges, organizers on Monday introduced the decision for tasks for its Closing Reduce in Venice co-production workshop devoted to supporting works from the Center East and Africa, presently scheduled to be held through the fest.

Whereas Italy is presently in strict lockdown — with a coronavirus loss of life toll of greater than 15,000 that presently makes it the world’s hardest hit nation by the pandemic — new infections are believed to have plateaued and, considerably equally to China, the hope is that the disaster will subside in Italy earlier than another nations.

Final month, the fest’s dad or mum group, multi-disciplinary arts org. the Venice Biennale, headed by movie producer and former Cinecittà studios chief Robert Cicutto, moved the opening date of its Structure Biennale, which was initially set to open Could 23, to August 29, attributable to coronavirus issues.

Venice, which is taken into account the world’s oldest movie competition, in January introduced that Cate Blanchett would preside over its 77th version.