COVID-19 pandemic has forced major film festival to either postpone or cancel their event for the year, thus robbing filmmakers and movie studios of crucial windows to promote their new offerings to the media and the public. More than 20 major film festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Toronto and Venice have join forces to curate an online event, “We Are One: A Global Film Festival.” The digital event will span for 10 days starting May 29 and will stream on YouTube.
The Festival will feature content curated by the Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca film festivals, and among others. It will showcase films, documentaries, music, comedy and conversations. No details of the programming were announced and it was unlikely that major new movies that generally launch at film festivals would be included.
The organizers of the Cannes film festival said on Monday that 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.”
Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca film festival in New York that also had to be canceled, said the idea was to inspire and unite people across borders during the pandemic. “All of the world needs healing right now,” Rosenthal said in a statement.
Other festivals taking part include those in Jerusalem, Mumbai, Sarajevo, Sydney, Tokyo and London. While the festival will stream for free, viewers will be asked to donate to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.