RICHMOND, Va. -- The 2020 Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) has been postponed until the early summer or fall over the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced Saturday.
RIFF Founder & Producer Heather Waters called it a "very difficult, but necessary decision" to postpone the festival, which planned to premiere more than 135 films over the six-day event next month.
"We have continued to talk to city and state officials throughout this week along with our partners and health organizations regarding the latest information regarding the COVID-19 situation," Water said.
As a result, officials decided to postpone the event.
However, officials said the festival is working on online discussion forums and "other opportunities" that aim to offer dialogue around many of the 2020 film topics that will be screening at the festival.
"It is our goal to create as many engagement opportunities as possible during this difficult time, so please stay tuned," Waters wrote. "We wish each of you a safe and healthy few weeks and also a speedy recovery to those in need at this critical time."
The April 21-26 festival planned to showcase films from 20 countries as well as performances from more than 35 bands, panels, mixers, and events at venues across the city.