EXCLUSIVE: In one other instance of the truth of the Covid world we, and the leisure trade, live in, Deadline has discovered the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is not going to be travelling to Colorado for its annual member journey to the Telluride Film Festival this upcoming Labor Day weekend, and as such is not going to be holding its standard cocktail reception which has been a spotlight of the fest in recent times and was anticipated to as soon as once more draw a packed room of Oscar voters, in addition to AMPAS officers together with President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson. Sources inform me the present Delta Variant surge is a key purpose the Academy is skipping the fest this 12 months out of “an abundance of caution” I’m advised. In latest weeks the Academy had been mulling whether or not to stay with custom and attend or forgo the competition this 12 months.
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Of course Telluride is taken into account a key start line for Oscar season and will likely be showcasing quite a few awards hopefuls there for the competition which runs from September 2-6, so not having the standard AMPAS contingent on the town will likely be a disappointment for these launching their contenders there in about three weeks time. Had they determined to attend it’s doubtless the reception itself would have moved to an outside space as a way to adjust to all the assorted nationwide, state, and native pointers of security and social distancing. In previous years the reception was such a must-attend occasion and so crowded it was tough to maueuver. The final time the Academy landed in Telluride was 2019. Due to Covid fears the competition was cancelled final 12 months for the primary time ever. Telluride is a really insulated city and has typically had very low Covid case charges.
Despite the absence of the Academy, by way of studio and distributor participation nevertheless it’s nonetheless all programs go for the competition and in reality I’ve been contacted by a minimum of one main participant with a number of movies this 12 months asking if I’m snug attending their deliberate occasion “as long as all precautions are taken”. I have heard of nobody to this point cancelling or altering their plans relating to participation at Telluride. The competition retains its lineup secret till the day earlier than it begins and has to this point not formally introduced simply who and what will likely be there, however there’s numerous knowledgeable hypothesis and it seems competition honchos are placing collectively a really robust and promising lineup of movies and tributes together with in-person star and filmmaker participation. The Telluride Festival can be reinforcing all wholesome and security pointers and necessities together with proof of vaccination that will likely be a part of everybody’s official go. Earlier this week the competition despatched an e mail to all attendees including one other requirement of a covid check taken inside 72 hours of arrival with written proof a stipulation of getting your go if you arrive. Here is a duplicate of what they wrote: