For the second consecutive year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has canceled its star-studded,
in-person awards gala amid rising concerns around COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.
The annual awards were planned to be presented at a black-tie ceremony held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 6,
but the Palm Springs International Film Society announced the change of plan in a statement on Monday.
“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 the honorees, patrons, and staff,” the statement read.
“The Palm Springs Film Awards are one of the largest events in the film world with 2,500 guests and more than 1,000 staff in the room.”
“The Film Awards will partner with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ to celebrate this year’s honorees with details to follow,” the statement continued.
“Those who purchased tickets for the Film Awards will be reimbursed. We hope to return to the Film Awards to an in-person event in 2023.”