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Banff World Media Festival slated for June cancelled over COVID-19

Another major entertainment event has been cancelled because of COVID-19, this time the Banff World Media Festival in Alberta.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos was among the keynote speakers

Tourists are pictured in Banff in this January file photo. The Banff World Media Festival has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Dave Gilson/CBC News)

Another major entertainment event has been cancelled because of COVID-19, this time the Banff World Media Festival in Alberta.

Organizers say the 2020 edition of the international conference and marketplace scheduled for June 14-17 will not be going ahead due to the pandemic.

Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, was among the keynote speakers in the lineup.

All currently registered delegates can either transfer their 2020 registration to next year or receive a full refund.

Jenn Kuzmyk, the festival's executive director, says in a statement it's too uncertain to know what the situation will be by June.

Kuzmyk adds the team is working on new ways to connect and serve the industry.

And the 2020 Rockie Awards International Program Competition will continue to take place, as will certain fellowships and initiatives.

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