Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Enjoy major international film festival programs for free on YouTube

Sydney Film Festival has joined with other major movie festivals from around the globe to help create a free 10-day film festival on YouTube. 


The 10-day digital festival, produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises, will feature programming from 20 festivals including Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and many more, enabling audiences to experience films from around the world

The festival will benefit the World Health Organization Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. 

The festival will run exclusively on YouTube, bringing together an international community of storytellers to present festival programming free to audiences around the world. 

Set to begin on May 29 on YouTube.com/WeAreOne, the festival will feature programming curated by the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM), Jerusalem Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. 

The new format will enable filmmakers to showcase their works on a global stage and audiences to  get a peek into different cultures. 


"We often talk about film's uniquely powerful role in inspiring and uniting people across borders and differences to help heal the world - and all of the world needs healing right now,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. 

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

"In working with our extraordinary festival partners and YouTube we hope that everyone gets a taste of what makes each festival so unique and appreciates the art and power of film."

"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," said Robert Kyncl, chief business officer, YouTube. 

"Along with Tribeca Enterprises and our incredible partners, we are bringing fans the opportunity to experience the curated programming each of these festivals provides as part of our 10-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 will run from May 29-June 7. All 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.

Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley said: “From May 29, SFF will be part of an unprecedented event: a global, digital and free film festival.

“The Festival is truly delighted to partner with these great festivals to celebrate our international community of storytellers and audiences.

“Sydney Film Festival looks forward to presenting Australian cinema in this global arena, and to bring joy and entertainment to audiences in need of relief.

“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 festival, and other international film festival selections, to homes around the world.”

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