The 32nd edition of the Palm Springs is now rescheduled for February 25 to March 8, 2021.
The gala is still meant to take place in person at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and the festival will have full days of film screenings.
The festival organizers said, “The date change is to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, staff, filmmaker guests and partners and to make sure we can have a memorable and enjoyable festival experience.”
Film submissions will be accepted from August 1 and the Film Award Gala seats and tables and festival passes will go on sale in October.
The festival’s awards gala generally takes place in the first week of January.
Because of the desert resort town’s proximity to Hollywood and the number of press and awards voters who attend the festival, the gala has become a popular place to showcase Oscar contenders.
The Santa Barbara Film Festival, as well as many other awarding ceremonies, including the BAFTAs and Indie Spirits, also shifted their dates in order to adhere to the new schedule set by the Academy for the 2021 Oscars, which will now take place in late April 2021.