'We are one': Cannes, Toronto, 18 other film festivals to stream movies online for free to ‘unite people across the borders’
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: The on-screen utilization and public stimulation of creative adrenalines of entertainment industries globally– through Film Festivals – remains suspended due to the lockdown measures in place to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.
Yet, the worldwide solidarity of entertainment industries marked a new milestone lately as 20 film festivals around the world have joined hands to stream movies for free on YouTube after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of annual film showcases in Cannes and New York.
The 10-days long “We Are One: A Global Film Festival” will feature content curated by the Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca film festivals, among others – showcasing films, documentaries, music, comedy and conversations which will be streamed on YouTube starting on May 29, organizers Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube stated.
The cancelling of this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France and subsequent uncertainty surrounding the Film Festivals which were supposed to be organised in Venice and Toronto has left makers across the world with least global outreach for stimulating the promotions of their creations – films, documentaries, music and comedy.
The organizers of the Cannes film festival said on Monday that they were proud to stream the content – which every year gets displayed to the world through them – on YouTube “to spotlight truly extraordinary films and talent, allowing audiences to experience both the nuances of storytelling from around the world and the artistic personalities of each festival.”
Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca film festival in New York which was also cancelled due to indiscriminate levels of covid infections in New York City, said the idea was to inspire and unite people across borders during the COVID crisis. “All of the world needs healing right now,” Rosenthal said in a statement.
Other festivals taking part include those in Jerusalem, Mumbai, Sarajevo, Sydney, Tokyo and London film festivals (s) respectively. While the festival will stream for free, viewers will be requested by the celebrities to donate to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Posted By: Talib Khan