As the coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken hold and disrupted the calendar of film festivals around the world, YouTube has announced We Are One, a free ten day film festival to be held on the streaming service.
Set to begin on 29th May, the festival will feature programming curated by a line-up that includes: Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Venice Film Festival.
Content will include films, shorts and documentaries, and viewers will be encouraged to support local communities by donating directly to organisations offering or contributing towards relief for those affected by COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO), and local relief partners in each region.
Chief Business Officer for YouTube, Robert Kyncl, said: “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.”
“We are bringing fans the opportunity to experience the curated programming each of these festivals provides as part of our ten-day long event. 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.”
We Are One: A Global Film Festival runs from 29th May to 7th June at YouTube.com/WeAreOne.