COVID-19 has stopped a lot of film festivals around the world from happening this year which has been a big let down for movie lovers and makers around the world. YouTube has decided to take on this problem with the launch of a 10-day digital film festival this spring with 20 partners — streaming free to viewers around the world.
The project is being called ‘We Are One: A Global Film Festival’ and it’s being produced and organized by New York’s Tribeca Enterprises. Each film festival will curate their own programming tracks.
The 20 fests currently partnered with We Are One are: Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM), Jerusalem Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Venice Film Festival.
We Are One: A Global Film Festival unites curators, artists and storytellers to entertain and provide relief to audiences worldwide. In working with our extraordinary festival partners and YouTube we hope that everyone gets a taste of what makes each festival so unique and appreciates the art and power of film.”Jane Rosenthal, head of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival, said in a prepared statement.
The online festival is set to run from May 29-June 7, 2020, and will be available at youtube.com/weareone. The free-to-watch programming, which will not include any ads, is to include feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and panel discussions, according to Variety.
We are proud to join with our partner festivals to spotlight truly extraordinary films and talent, allowing audiences to experience both the nuances of storytelling from around the world and the artistic personalities of each festival.Cannes welcomed the move to go digital in a statement.
Viewers will be able to make donations to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.