More than 20 film festivals around the world have joined forces to broadcast movies free of charge on YouTube, after the outbreak of the Corona Virus virus closed cinemas and led to the cancellation of two annual festivals in Cannes and New York.
The Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube, which are organizing the event, said in a statement on Monday that during the ten-day event entitled “We are All One: The World Film Festival”, films chosen by the Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca festivals, along with other festivals, will begin on May 29.Feature films, documentaries, music, and comedies will be shown during the event, details of the program have not been announced, and the shows will likely not include major new films which are usually shown at film festivals.
The cancellation of the May Festival in France and the uncertainty surrounding the fate of the Venice and Toronto festivals in September, due to the outbreak of Corona virus, has prevented filmmakers from a major window to promote their new films to the media and the public.
The Cannes organizers said they are proud to participate in the event organized by YouTube “to highlight exceptional movies and talents, allowing the audience to experience the nuances of storytelling from all over the world and the artistic character of each festival.”
“The idea is to inspire people across borders and unite them during the pandemic,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Festival in New York, who was also canceled. “The whole world needs a cure at the moment,” she added.
Other participating festivals include the festivals of Jerusalem, Mumbai, Sarajevo, Sydney, Tokyo and London.
Although the films will be broadcast for free, viewers will be asked to donate to the Solidarity Fund for the WHO response to Covid-19.