The Palm Springs International Film Awards in-person event has been cancelled this year due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, organizers announced Monday.
The award ceremony, initially scheduled for Jan. 6, was to kick off the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which is still scheduled to run in person from Jan. 7 until Jan. 17. The screening portion of the festival will require proof of vaccination and the wearing of a mask, according to organizers.
“We are taking this action due to the recent spike in COVID cases and out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of the honorees, patrons, and staff,” organizers wrote on social media Monday. “The Palm Springs Film Awards are one of the largest events in the film world with 2500 guests and more than 1000 staff in the room.”
In place of the in-person award ceremony, the festival is partnering with Entertainment Tonight to celebrate this year’s honorees including Nicole Kidman, Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Hudson and the cast of “King Richard.”
No details on this alternative celebration were immediately available.
According to organizers, all those who purchased tickets for the in-
person ceremony will be reimbursed.
More information: A complete list of films and venues for this year’s festival is available at https://www.psfilmfest.org/