The event’s organization announced the 2020 edition has officially been canceled.
The IBC organization announced on Monday its decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the event due to the coronavirus.
The event was scheduled for September 11-14 in Amsterdam and the organization had waited until now to figure out what to do with this year’s edition.
Finally, and citing “concern” for the safety of exhibitors and attendees and the lack of capacity to offer a quality event, they decided to cancel it definitively.
“The IBC team has focused on evaluating and developing appropriate plans for IBC2020 this September at RAI Amsterdam. Within these plans, it is crucial that IBC can offer a safe and successful environment. However, as governments announce the way forward, it has become clear that September is unlikely to return to (a new) normal,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of the event.
“With that in mind and based on what we know at the moment, it is with a heavy heart that IBC has made the difficult decision to cancel the IBC2020 show,” he added.
However, he assured that “IBC will continue to support the industry to get it back on track.”
Last year the IBC welcomed 56,000 attendees from around the world.
The IBC thus joins the long list of canceled events, such as Miptv, La Screenings or the Cannes Festival.
Others like Conecta Fiction or Natpe Budapest have decided to postpone their 2020 editions. The MIA, scheduled for October, maintains its decision to do so for now.