YouTube and Tribeca Launching 10-Day Digital Film Festival

A free, online, film festival stands in for all the canceled ones

You will soon have a way to see new movies, documentaries, and more from around the world for free on YouTube, thanks to the We Are One Global Film Festival on YouTube.

We Are One
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The COVID-19 pandemic canceled film festivals around the world, including Tribeca and Cannes, leaving filmmakers without platforms to introduce their new movies and documentaries. Now they have a second chance with the "We Are One: Global Film Festival," a joint, online, and free festival from Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube.

Trailers, please: The festival starts on May 29 and runs exclusively on YouTube through June 7.

The Stars: The festival will feature films, documentaries, and discussions curated by over a dozen film festivals, including:

  • Annecy International Animation Film Festival
  • Berlin International Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival

The plot: Organizers plan to release a full-programming list in the coming weeks. However, this is not just about entertainment. Those enjoying the free online entertainment will also be able to donate to the World Health Organization's (WHO) COVID-19 and local relief efforts.

The credits: "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,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal in a statement.

Bottom line: Without physical film festivals, many creators lost access to audiences and each other, and the world lost the opportunity to see glimpses of cultures from around the world. This digital solution reignites the global film movement in a way that may open it up to an even wider audience. And it's free.

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