The Palm Springs International Film Festival is canceled for 2021, signaling potential changes to next year’s film awards season as coronavirus cases again rise in the U.S. and across the globe.

Festival organizers announced Monday that the 32nd annual film festival, planned for Feb. 25 to March 8, will now take place in 2022. 

However, the festival plans to celebrate this year’s performances and films with an awards presentation on Feb. 25. 

“These changes are being made to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, staff, filmmaker guests, volunteers and partners and to make sure we can have a memorable and enjoyable festival experience,” the festival said in a statement.

Both the U.S. and Europe are in the grip of a massive coronavirus surge. European leaders ratcheted up pandemic restrictions last week as a second wave batters countries including Germany and France, home to the Berlin and Cannes film festivals, respectively. In the U.S., 44 states reported rising caseloads last week, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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