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4/21/2020 - Deferred to a date to be decided the Taormina FilmFest 2020
Exceptional and alarming facts such as the current epidemiological emergency COVID-19, which affects our daily lives and makes every area of ​​activity uncertain, impose a spirit of sacrifice and a sense of responsibility. In light of the pandemic developments and the delicate health balances on a global scale, the 66th Taormina FilmFest - produced and organized by Videobank S.p.A. courtesy of the Taormina Arte Sicilia Foundation, under the patronage of the Regional Tourism, Sports and Entertainment Department - it cannot avoid expressing the safety of the affectionate public and its highly anticipated guests to the regular running of the scheduled edition, as usual in the summer, in the now scheduled dates (June 28 - July 4). «The 66th Taormina FilmFest is ready and has been packaged with the quality standards that are proper to an international festival to be counted among the longest-running European and national film events - declares the general manager Lino Chiechio - In compliance with the state of emergency already proclaimed by the Council of Ministers, we do not intend to encourage gatherings of public and international presences ". In such a dramatic historical contingency, in accordance with the recent measures taken by the Government and in adherence to the restrictive measures already imparted, it must be the priority of every show event to safeguard the public's safety. «It seems little prudent and opportune on the part of the public body - reiterates the Regional Councilor for Tourism, Sport and Entertainment, Manlio Messina - to encourage the concentration of the public and presences in spaces such as the Ancient Theater, without having at all today the health protection measures to be put in place are clear ».Moved by a sense of responsibility, in full agreement with what was declared in recent days by the mayor of Taormina Mario Bolognari, the leading company in video broadcasting - led by Lino Chiechio and Maria Guardia Pappalardo - and the production directed by Marco Fallanca, with the management Artistic by Leo Gullotta, Francesco Calogero and Francesco Alò, consider it appropriate to postpone the event to a date to be destined, finally brought back to the splendor and competitiveness that are its own at the end of the last two-year period. The festival, which includes seven evening events at the Ancient Theater, an official Selection of about 90 titles, numerous guests and a large audience of professionals, has been present in the main European markets and has been busy programming for a long months, in a meticulous research and vision of feature films. With constant and vigilant attention, Production remains at work to ensure a consistent continuity of the event and can only express maximum solidarity with those who are still struggling and those who face the numerous difficulties that the emergency has entailed daily.Trusting in a development conducive to the prompt and prudent recovery of all sectors of activity in the country, the Taormina FilmFest appreciates the understanding of its partners and its audience and will work to renew the appointment - projected in the near future - when will be able to look to tomorrow with more serenity. To continue writing the story of an event for 66 years at the center of film programming and the festival supply chain.