LOS ANGELES – More than 20 film festivals around the world have joined together to stream movies on YouTube for free after the coronavirus pandemic shutter cinemas and forced the cancellation of annual showcases in Cannes and New York.
The 10-day “We Are One: A Global Film Festival” will feature content curated by, among others, the Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca film festivals, starting May 29, organizers Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube said in a statement on Monday.
The festival shows films, documentaries, music, comedy and conversations. No details about the programming were disclosed and it was unlikely that large new films would be shot that are usually shown at film festivals.
The cancellation of the May Cannes film festival in France and the uncertainty surrounding festivals in Venice and Toronto in September due to the coronavirus outbreak have robbed filmmakers and film studios of crucial windows to promote their new offerings to the media and the public.
The Cannes Film Festival organizers said on Monday that they were proud to participate in the YouTube event ‘to showcase truly extraordinary films and talents, bringing audiences both the nuances of storytelling from all over the world. world as the artistic personalities of each festival. “
Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca film festival in New York, which also had to be canceled, said the aim was to inspire and unite people across borders during the pandemic.
“The whole world needs healing right now,” Rosenthal said in a statement.
Other participating festivals are those in Jerusalem, Mumbai, Sarajevo, Sydney, Tokyo and London.
While the festival is streaming for free, viewers are asked to donate to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.