With film festivals around the world cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, YouTube set up to launch a digital version that features programming from 20 of the top film festivals in the world – and it’s completely free!
The online event, We Are One, will run for ten days, from May 29 to June 7, with programming by partners including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and many others.
“We Are One: A Global Film Festival unites curators, artists and storytellers to entertain and provide relief to audiences worldwide,” says Jane Rosenthal, head of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival. “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.”
Viewers will be welcome to donate for COVID-19 relief, which will benefit the World Health Organization as well as local organizations worldwide. YouTube’s chief business officer, Robert Kyncl, highlights that We Are One is “an event that’s never been done before and we’re proud to be the home for this fantastic content that is free to fans around the world.”