The film festival season, like so much else, is in a state of upheaval, disarray and in a few cases cancellation. Cannes is off in its ‘original form’ – though it may yet have something up its sleeve – and in New York, the Tribeca Film Festival has been scrapped as a physical gathering. But are the great and good of festival-land taking this lying down? No. No, they’re not. Witness We Are One: A Global Film Festival, a newly announced virtual event that should excite all film lovers everywhere.
We Are One is a team-up between the Tribeca Film Festival and YouTube that will bring some of the magic of discovery, newness and cinema heritage that you get at all film festivals and transport it online. It could even open up those often gated worlds to a much wider audience, beyond the usual chin-stroking critics and industry types.
Taking place free of charge on YouTube, beginning on May 29 and running for ten days, We Are One brings a ton of other august international fests to the table. Also contributing are the BFI London Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Venice, Toronto and Sundance – among many others.
‘We Are One: A Global Film Festival unites curators, artists and storytellers to entertain and provide relief to audiences worldwide,’ says Tribeca Film Festival CEO Jane Rosenthal.
So, will movie lovers everywhere be able to get a first look at the latest offerings from filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Mia Hansen-Løve and Leos Carax? Is Apichatpong Weerasethakul about to become a household name? All will become clear when the programme info gets released nearer the time. All we know is that ‘films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy and conversations’ will feature. It’s all free, although money is being raised for the World Health Organisation, as well as local COVID-19 relief partners in each region.
We Are One: A Global Film Festival will run from May 29-Jun 7 on YouTube.
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