Last week, the British Fashion Council followed Shanghai and Moscow to bring its seasonal runway lineup to a digital audience. It was lauded as innovative and inclusive, introducing usually exclusive events to small screens across the globe. Now, the film industry has followed suit and in a massive 10-day cinematic event, over 20 hotly-anticipated film festivals will merge onto YouTube for ‘We Are One: A Global Film Festival’.
From a partnership of Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube, the lineup is set to begin on May 29 on YouTube.com/WeAreOne, and will feature programming curated by the 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, Venice Film Festival, and more.
By making the works available to anyone with a screen and internet connection, it is hoped the event will provide a voice for filmmakers and immerse audiences in idealisms and interesting topics from around the world – particularly when the future of the film industry is on unsteady ground. Audiences will be able to support local communities by directly donating to organisations helping the relief efforts for those affected by COVID-19. The festival will benefit the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as local relief partners in each region.
“We often talk about film’s uniquely powerful role in inspiring and uniting people across borders and differences to help heal the world. All of the world needs healing right now,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “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.”
To participate in the never-done-before digital event, We Are One: A Global Film Festival will run from May 29 – June 7 on YouTube.com/WeAreOne. Programming will be available for free, and will include films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and conversations. A full schedule will be available closer to the festival start date.