Due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards have been cancelled.
The Palm Springs International Film Society confirmed the news in a statement released Monday.
“The Palm Springs International Film Society has announced that the Film Awards will not take place this year on Thursday, January 6, 2022,” the statement read. “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 award winners, patrons and staff,” the statement read. “The Palm Springs Film Awards are one of the biggest events in the film world with 2,500 guests and over 1,000 staff in attendance.”
The screening part of the film festival will still take place from January 7 to 17. Proof of vaccination is required to attend and guests must wear masks.
In its statement on Monday, the organization said it had partnered with “Entertainment Tonight” to celebrate the winners, although no details were immediately available.
Previously announced winners for the event include Kristen Stewart, Penelope Cruz, Jane Campion, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Hudson, Andrew Garfield, Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman and the “Belfast” cast.
Film prize ticket holders will be refunded.
“We hope to return to the Film Awards at an in-person event in 2023,” the statement concluded.