In terms of trade fairs, the whole year seems to be virtual, as both the IBC in Amsterdam and the LA CineGear Expo have now been cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation. The latter was originally scheduled to start on 4 June -- it was already clear that this date would be impossible to keep, but now the alternative date in autumn canceled has also been cancelled. The next Cinegear is planned for June 3-6, 2021.
For the IBC with its date of September 11-14, there were still slight hopes, although the first companies, including Panasonic, had already cancelled their participation, but the organizers have again decided to cancel early and clearly. The further development was too imponderable and even if it were theoretically possible to hold the fair in autumn, there were too many question marks about the conditions. With limited travel operations and possible quarantine regulations, travel to the fair would be difficult and strict security measures on site, including social distancing, would restrict the fair&s useful operations (which are in fact essentially based on personal exchange) too much:
"It is also evident that important aspects of a large-scale event such as IBC will be greatly altered by social distancing, travel restrictions, masks etc. so much so that the spirit of IBC will be compromised.
With that in mind and based on what we know at this point, it is with a heavy heart IBC has made the difficult decision to cancel the IBC2020 show. (Excerpt from show cancellation)
Whether the NAB Show New York, which is to be expanded as a replacement for the cancelled April show, will take place as planned on October 16th/17th is still open to our knowledge. Photokina should have opened its doors soon, on May 27, but this will not happen again until 2022 - hopefully.