Film festivals join forces for 'We Are One' global online fest

With the film festival calendar thrown into the dark due to these unprecedented times, Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube are teaming up to present a 10-day streaming event drawing from 20 global film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, and Venice.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival

The We Are One: A Global Film Festival will kick off on YouTube from 29 May until 7 June 2020. Organisers said that its lineup of films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and conversations will be released at a later date.

Furthermore, it is reported that all programming will be free for audiences to stream. Donations will benefit the World Health Organization's Solidarity Response Fund and local relief partners in various parts of the world.

It is said that there will be "new and classic" movies but features are largely expected to be library titles that had little exposure at the time. There aren't expected to be any movies scheduled for upcoming 2020 festivals, for obvious financial and rights reasons. According to Deadline, for example, Cannes has not submitted any movies but will be sending some masterclass content.

"We are proud to join with our partner festivals 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," said Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux of the Cannes Film Festival.

Jane Rosenthal, Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and CEO said that they often talk about film's uniquely powerful role in inspiring and uniting people across borders and differences to help heal the world and "all of the world needs healing right now".

Going digital

Last year, various South African filmmakers attended the Pavillon Afriques at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France. The festival, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world, also showcases content that highlights the incredible talent of African Film and television.

It was mainly launched by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in South Africa, together with 15 other African nations.

According to All Africa, a couple of South Africans attended the festival in 2019. This includes award-winning actress and producer Terry Pheto, director John Barker, producer Isaac Mogajane, producer and director Sarah Blecher; Katleho Ramaphakela, Rethabile Ramaphakela, and Tshepo Ramaphakela and actor Atwanda Kani.