The short term future of film festivals will be played online. Twenty leading film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Toronto, will participate in a virtual event that will offer free films on YouTube, the partner American Tribeca Festival announced on Monday in a press release.
The We Are One: A Global Film Festival will be held online from May 29 to June 7 and will feature feature films, short films, documentaries, music and virtual round tables. The exact program is not yet known. The organizers said the content would be a mix of new and old films.
New forms of festivals
Originally scheduled for May 12-23, the Cannes Film Festival had planned to postpone it to the end of June, but French authorities have since banned all rallies until mid-July. Its organizers have reported that it could take new “Forms”. The parallel sections of the Cannes Festival have canceled their 2020 edition.
Part of the festival proceeds will go to the World Health Organization (WHO) and charities, the organizers announced. Internet users who will visit YouTube.com/WeAreOne to view content and donate to charities too.
“We often talk about the role that films can play to inspire and bring people together across borders, to help appease the world”, commented Tribeca festival director Jane Rosenthal, quoted in the press release. “The whole world needs peace now”added the one who co-founded the festival with actor Robert De Niro and entrepreneur Craig Hatkoff.