Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca film festivals to unite for YouTube streaming event

Event will include films, shorts, documentaries and panel discussions

Roisin O'Connor
Tuesday 28 April 2020 14:21
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The world’s major film festivals have come together to host We Are One: A Global Film Festival, which will be hosted on YouTube from 29 May.

The free event includes Berlin, Cannes, Toronto and Venice film festivals, and will run as a 10-day series to help raise money for the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 response fund.

It will include films, shorts, documentaries and panel discussions. A full schedule will be announced closer to the time.

The announcement comes after cultural events around the world were forced to cancel or postpone amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Other festivals to take part in We Are One include Sundance, Tribeca, BFI London, Marrakech International and Mumbai Film Festival.

“We often talk about film’s uniquely powerful role in inspiring and uniting people across borders and differences to help heal the world,” said Jane Rosenthal, who co-founded Tribeca Film Festival with Robert De Niro.

“All of the world needs healing right now.”

We Are One will follow One World: Together at Home, a virtual music festival curated by Lady Gaga with Global Citizen and WHO. The event starred hundreds of artists who performed from home, including The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Sir Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Sir Paul McCartney and Celine Dion.

Read our review of One World here.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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