It was only a matter of time before the worlds finest and leading film festivals would unite in this unprecedented time. The likes of Berlin, Cannes and Toronto amongst others have joined forces with YouTube to create one epic and free online festival.
The 10-day We Are One: A Global Film Festival will feature content curated by the Berlin, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca and Venice film festivals, among others, starting on 29 May, the organisers Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube said in a statement on Monday.
Other festivals taking part include those from Jerusalem, Mumbai, Sarajevo, Sydney, Tokyo and London.
The festival will showcase films, documentaries, music, comedy and conversations. Programming details are yet to be announced and it is unlikely that major new movies that generally launch at film festivals would be included.
The organisers of the Cannes film festival said on Monday they were proud to join in the YouTube event “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”.
Whilst the festival is free for all to enjoy, viewers will be asked to donate to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 solidarity response fund.