Classical film festivals are no longer possible for the time being, which is why YouTube, together with 20 of the world&s leading film festivals, has created the online film festival "We Are One: A Global Film Festival", which started today. For 10 days, old and new feature films, short films and documentaries will be shown online for free and without advertising until June 7th. Furthermore, concerts, comedy events and panel discussions will be streamed to create a kind of virtual film festival.
Nearly all major and well-known film festivals are involved with specially curated program sections: the Berlin International Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Biennale as well as the film festivals Guadalajara, Macao (IFFAM), Jerusalem, Mumbai (MAMI), arlovy Vary, Locarno, n Marrakech, New York, San Sebastian, Sarajevo, Sundance, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Tribeca and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
However, the "We Are One: A Global Film Festival" is not intended to replace the individual film festivals - at least the organizers of the festivals later in the year are still hoping that it will somehow take place. The Berlinale was the last festival that was able to take place before the global COVID-19 lockdowns - the Cannes Film Festival, which was planned for May, had to be cancelled and is still waiting for a date at which it might take place this year after all (at least the film market will be online in June).
Some of the participating film festivals
Spectators are encouraged to donate - all money collected during the festival will go to the COVID-19 relief funds of the World Health Organization (WHO) and local charities. The festival plan including the films to be shown will be published in the next weeks.
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