UPDATE: Florida Film Festival 2020 postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak; new date TBA

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UPDATED MARCH 17: Maitland’s Enzian Theater has announced it will postpone the Florida Film Festival.

“In light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended guidelines regarding COVID-19, this year’s Florida Film Festival, scheduled for April 17-26, has been postponed,” the Enzian said in a prepared statement. “Festival staff members are tentatively aiming to reschedule for August 2020. Exact dates are still to be determined.



"To reiterate, the festival is not canceled; it is postponed. In doing so, we stand in solidarity with leading cultural institutions and other film festivals, as well as the CDC, by taking proactive steps towards combating the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. The well-being of our guests, partners, and staff is of utmost importance. While this postponement is regretful and hard to swallow considering the thousands of hours that the staff and selection committees have devoted to creating an amazing festival, moving it from April is clearly the safest thing for our audiences and filmmakers, and the right thing to do.”

And, in a surprise move, the Enzian has revealed its entire lineup, which include 195 films, more than ever before, though the lineup is subject to change. Visit Enzian.org for a list of all the films.

The Enzian itself is also closing, at least until April 2. Regarding that temporary closure, Janie Pope, director of development and public relations, said, “We believe this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our patrons and our staff. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the temporary closure of both our theater and Eden Bar is not without financial burden. We are very grateful to our supporters and appreciate any contributions made to help Enzian and its staff during this time.”

The postponement of the Florida Film Festival comes on the heels of the cancellation of the South by Southwest Film Festival and the postponements of the Tribeca and Sarasota festivals. However, the Cannes Film Festival, scheduled for May, announced on March 14 that it would wait until mid-April to decide to cancel or postpone.

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