Palm Springs Film Festival has cancelled its awards ceremony for the second consecutive year due to COVID-19.
Variety reports that the ceremony was initially planned for January 6 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
In a statement issued by the Palm Springs International Film Society on Monday (December 20), the organisation said the decision came “out of an abundance of caution”.
“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,” read the statement. “The Palm Springs Film Awards are one of the largest events in the film world with 2,500 guests and more than 1,000 staff in the room.”
“The Film Awards will partner with Entertainment Tonight to celebrate this year’s honorees with details to follow. Those who purchased tickets for the Film Awards will be reimbursed. We hope to return to the Film Awards to an in-person event in 2023.”
Despite the cancellation of the ceremony, organisers insist that screenings will go ahead from January 7. All guests are required to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination.