The world we live in has changed dramatically. Something not even detectable by the human eye has sparked a global crisis, both on a human and an economic level.

On behalf of the Flanders Image team, I first would like to send our heartfelt get well wishes to both friends and loyal supporters who are ill as well as express our profound condolences to those who have lost relatives, friends or colleagues. We also sympathise with those of you who have seen their dreams shattered, and to the ones who have lost their jobs. We stand in complete solidarity with you, as well as with the health and safety personnel fighting to counter this crisis.

It is impossible to estimate how long this nightmare will last. Nor is it possible to predict its lasting impact. Even if daily life would soon return to normal, we fear that the scars will continue to be felt for a long time to come – not least in the audiovisual sector where the damage is already vast.

Therefore, it is with great regret that I have to inform you about our decision to postpone CONNEXT by one year.

Believe me, this was far from an easy decision to take but we feel it is the only correct one. There are two main reasons: we just feel that it should be a priority for us to help getting our sector back on track; and we believe that the CONNEXT 2020 budget could contribute to this. We also believe that until an effective vaccine is found it would be unwise and irresponsible to expose our guests, our participants and our team to the risk of contamination. Therefore, the next edition of CONNEXT is set for 3-5 October 2021. We hope you will understand this decision.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your questions, your thoughts or ideas. Although our offices are closed in March and April, we are all working from home.

We look forward to being a part of your normal professional lives again soon. Until then, stay healthy and look after each other. Stay safe!

Christian De Schutter
& Team Flanders