The “Pre-Cannes Screenings” organized by Cannes’ Marché du Film will take place online May 25-28. The actual film market, meanwhile, will run alongside the festival from July 6-15.

The screenings will be hosted on the market’s upgraded online platform, which will offer virtual booths for sales companies and screening rooms for streaming. As previously announced, access to this platform will be strictly reserved for buyers who are already registered with the Marché du Film (either with an online or an onsite accreditation) at no extra cost.

“Due to the unusually long delay between the EFM in Berlin and the Marché du Film in Cannes, many international sales agents have expressed the need for an intermediate event in the spring, which will allow them to do business and to network virtually, while awaiting the big rendez-vous in July when the film industry will meet up again in large numbers,” said Cannes’ Marché du Film when announcing the initiative.

The Marché du Film has already opened accreditation and is offering an ‘early bird’ rate until April 15 of €349 for the onsite event in Cannes and €129 for the online Marché alone.

During the physical Marché du Film, registered industry professionals will have access to stands, screenings, the international village, networking programs and conferences. Meanwhile, professionals who will be unable to travel will still be able to take part via virtual screenings of some films, as well as network and follow conferences that will be offered simultaneously.

The Cannes Film Festival, meanwhile, is still on track to take place in July with Spike Lee set to preside the jury of the Official Selection’s competition.