Global film festivals unite to raise funds for fight against coronavirus

Film festivals combine for unprecedent 10-day digital event.

Major film festivals across the world have joined forces to create the We Are One: A Global Film Festival to benefit the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. 

The 10-day digital film festival which runs from 29 May to 7 June will screen exclusively on YouTube and bring together an international community of storytellers to feature free programming to audiences around the world. 

The festival, which can be viewed on YouTube.com/WeAreOne, will feature programming from 20 festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival. 

Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival CEO and co-founder Jane Rosenthal said the festival would not only give audiences a peek into different cultures through a new lens, but also allow them to donate to relief efforts for those affected by COVID-19.

"We often talk about film's uniquely powerful role in inspiring and uniting people across borders and differences to help heal the world. All of the world needs healing right now,” Ms Rosenthal said.

“We Are One: A Global Film Festival unites curators, artists and storytellers to entertain and provide relief to audiences worldwide.”

YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl said the 10-day event would provide free programming to homes around the world. 

"One of the most unique and inspiring aspects of the world staying home is our ability to come together and experience an event as one, and We Are One: A Global Film Festival is just that," Mr Kyncl said. 

“It's 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."

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Sydney Film Festival (SFF) Director Nashen Moodley said he was also proud to be a part of the unprecedented event. 

“The SFF looks forward to presenting Australian cinema in this global arena, and to bring joy and entertainment to audiences in need of relief,” he said

“Over the past 67 years, SFF has been a platform for discovery, discussion, shared experiences and the exchange of ideas through film. 

“In this challenging and uncertain climate, film is more vital than ever – bringing people together, online, to collectively explore the world and our times.

“Though we can’t be together in a cinema at the moment, we are excited to bring the SFF, and other international film festival selections, to homes around the world.”

We Are One: A Global Film Festival will run from 29 May to 7 June on YouTube.com/WeAreOne. Programming will be available for free and will include films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and conversations. A full schedule will be available closer to the festival start date.