Los Angeles-based film networking event AFCI Week has been postponed to June 22-26 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The event has been pushed back from its March 30-April 30 dates, but will remain at the Sofitel Hotel and SLS, Beverly Hills, and keep the same programme line-up.
“Following many conversations and emails with both members and industry over the last 24 hours, and very careful deliberation with the AFCI Board, we have decided to postpone AFCI Week 2020,” Marjorie Galas, senior vice president, membership & industry relations, at the AFCI, told KFTV. “With increasing health concerns affecting Los Angeles County at this time, our priority is the safety and well-being of all involved with our event.”
Jess Conoplia, President of the AFCI adds: "The decision to delay AFCI Week 2020 did not come easily. Developments are occurring rapidly, and the health and safety of our members and guests is paramount. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) now cautions that cancellation or modification of public events may be necessary to counter the spread of COVID-19.
"We appreciate your patience as AFCI (like all organizations worldwide) deals with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Those who registered for AFCI Week 2020 and cannot attend the rescheduled event may apply their registration fee to cover member dues, education, Cineposium 2020 or AFCI Week 2021, or request a refund."
The event is open to AFCI members, affiliates and sponsors and will include two days of Professional Development sessions where members can learn from one another about how they’re responding to important issues, such as the surge in content and the need for workforce development/training and infrastructure (studios and alternate studio space). Plus, there'll be a Meet The Execs session and a reception with KFTV sister title Screen International.