Bear awards are lined up for the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival last February. Michael Sohn/Associated Press, file

BERLIN — The annual Berlin International Film Festival is being put off due to the coronavirus pandemic and split into two parts later in 2021, organizers said Friday.

The “Berlinale” had been scheduled for February in the German capital but cannot go ahead due to the likelihood that coronavirus restrictions on large gatherings will continue, organizers said.

To give the film industry a venue to market its products in the first quarter, however, a virtual Berlinale will be held online in March. Then in June, organizers are scheduling a summer event with numerous film screenings for the public in theaters and the open air.

“The division makes it possible to maintain the two supporting pillars: film market and festival,” organizers said.

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