While film festivals across the world have had to rethink how to connect with audiences in a time when the theatrical presentation is not a feasible option, many of the top ones have banded together to present an online edition of free programming. Titled We Are One: A Global Film Festival, the event begins this Friday on YouTube and now the lineup has been unveiled.
Each festival, including Cannes, New York, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, and Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as Annecy International Animation Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, International Film Festival & Awards Macao, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jerusalem Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, and Tokyo International Film Festival, have all made selections, which includes shorts, features, masterclasses, VR, and more.
Spanning 35 countries, there will be 13 world premieres, 31 online premieres, and 5 international online premieres. Highlights include shorts by Mati Diop, Eliza Hittman, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Lisandro Alonso, Alice Rohrwacher, Dustin Guy Defa, Matías Piñeiro, as well as talks with Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Soderbergh, Song Kang-ho, Bong Joon-ho, Guillermo del Toro, Jane Campion, Claire Denis, Ang Lee, and Hirokazu Kore-eda, the features Nasir, Crazy World (our review), Mystery Road, The Iron Hammer, Ricky Powell: The Individualist, and much, much more.
“We are so excited to share the combined efforts of our festival partners and YouTube with the world this week,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “Together, we were able to curate a compelling slate of programming that succinctly reflects the subtle variations in style that make each festival so special. We Are One: A Global Film Festival will offer audiences an opportunity to not only celebrate the art of film, but the unique qualities that make each story we watch so memorable.”
The festival will be raising money for World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation and Give2Asia, among others. Audiences will be able to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts through a donate button or link on every film page.