The festival was scheduled to take place from May 12 to 23.
"Several hypotheses are being studied to preserve the festival, the main one of which would be a simple postponement," organizers said in a statement. "Until then, the Cannes Film Festival joins its voice with all those who ask that each and every one respects general confinement and shows solidarity in these difficult times for the whole world."
So far, the festival has not been rescheduled, although organizers are considering dates in June.
This year's postponement marks the festival's first interruption since 1968.
See the announcement below.
Due to the health crisis and the development of the French and international situation, the Festival de Cannes will no longer be able to take place on the dates planned, from May 12 to 23. More info #Cannes2020 👉 https://t.co/peLmfw0gQW pic.twitter.com/SVWPasvU23— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) March 19, 2020