The 10-day digital festival, produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube, will feature programming from festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and San Sebastian.
The programming will offer more than 100 films programmed in collaboration with 21 relevant festivals from 35 countries. It will also have conversations, virtual reality content and musical performances. A celebration of global voices in which films that have the strength and power to bring about change and bring together audiences from around the world will stand out. Titles include 13 world premieres, 31 online premieres and five international online premieres.
We Are One: A Global Film Festival will take place exclusively on YouTube from May 29 to June 7, and bring together some of the world’s most talented artists, storytellers, and programmers with the goal of offer entertainment and help entities that are fighting the pandemic of the coronavirus.
The festival It will represent more than 35 countries and will include 23 fiction feature films and eight documentaries, 57 fiction short films and 15 documentary shorts, 15 talks. from archives along with four festival exclusives and five virtual reality pieces. Also, the quote will give the public the opportunity to learn about different cultures from artistic criteria, since each official selection has been prepared with the aim of highlighting the singularities of each of the participating festivals, while giving voice to the filmmakers.
Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and executive director of Tribeca Entreprises and Tribeca Film Festival He highlighted that “We are very excited to share with the world this week the joint efforts of our festival partners and YouTube. Together we have been able to select an attractive program that clearly reflects the different criteria that make each festival so special. We Are One: A Global Film Festival will offer the public the opportunity to celebrate not only cinema, but also the unique qualities that make every story we see memorable. ”
Words to which it adds Robert Kyncl, Commercial Director of YouTube, who has underlined that “One of the beautiful things about movies and other audiovisual content is the ability to tell stories and bring people together, no matter where they live or where they are from. This is a phenomenon that we have seen on YouTube over the years, but especially today, when people seek to connect with each other and entertain themselves. ” To this statement, Kyncl has added about the programming that “has that magical ability to transport viewers from around the world to a special moment in time, through the particular vision of our esteemed festival partners ”.
The program highlights the presentation of Ricky Powell: The Individualist, a documentary about the legendary street photographer with interviews with Natasha Lyonne and LL Cool J; the online premiere of Eeb Allay Ooo!, a unique satire on professional “monkey repellants” and winner of the Mumbai Film Festival Young Critics Choice Award; and the world premiere of Iron hammer, a captivating documentary directed by Joan Chen about the legendary Chinese volleyball Olympic star Jenny Lang Ping, a true pioneer who forged connections around the world. The public will have access to more than 50 narrative and documentary short films with interesting proposals, such as the world premiere of the Japanese fiction short film. The Yalta Conference Online, created exclusively for the festival by director Koji Fukada; the world premiere of the documentary short film by the producer Third Eye Blind Motorcycle Drive By, as well as the first Dreamworks Animation short films, Bilby, Marooned and Bird Karma. The series programming hosts the world premiere of Losing AliceIsraeli neo-noir psychological thriller for television starring women and And she could be next, a two-episode documentary series on the experiences of women of color running for political office, including Stacey Abrams and Rashida Tlaib.
We Are One: A Global Film Festival will organize a series of talks selected for the occasion, some held in previous editions of different festivals and others organized especially for this event, which will offer viewers the opportunity to relive important moments of cinema. These talks will feature the intervention of Francis Ford Coppola with Steven Soderbergh, Song Kang-ho and Bong Joon-ho, Guillermo del Toro, Jane Campion and Claire Denis.
On the other hand, the 360 virtual reality selection will give way to the Emmy nominated documentary Traveling While Black and Atlas v, a science fiction story starring Bill Skarsgård, as well as other additional titles with well-known protagonists such as John Legend, Oprah Winfrey and Lupita Nyong’o. And this is not all, because the event will also enjoy special musical performances, including a 30 minute DJ session by Questlove.
The global festival will include selected programming depending on the identity of all the festivals that have participated: Annecy, Berlin, London, Cannes, Guadalajara, Macao, Rotterdam, Jerusalem, Mumbai, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Marrakech, New York, San Sebastián, Sarajevo, Sundance, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Tribeca and Venice.
The responsible for Berlinale, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian They have pointed out that “Cinema is not only a collective work, but also a shared experience. In these times of social distancing, the spirit of cooperation and the sense of community are more necessary than ever. Therefore, we are pleased to participate in the We Are One initiative. ”
As highlighted by the director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera: “We are honored and happy to join We Are One, as a sign of friendship and solidarity with our friends from Tribeca, while offering the world audience a sample of what we do in Venice to specifically support new filmmakers” .
For him director of the San Sebastián Festival, José Luis RebordinosWe Are One is “an extraordinary experience” that allows collaboration between festivals in difficult times. In this way, “those stories that filmmakers tell us with images and sounds can reach every home and every person anywhere in the world.”
Aiming to provide not only relief and entertainment for the public when it is needed most, We Are One: A Global Film Festival It also offers opportunities for these people to make donations to the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation and Give2Asia, among others. The public will be able to contribute to the fight against Covid-19 through a donation button or link on the page of each movie.