World's biggest film festivals unite for 10-day streaming event
April 28, 2020 12:21 PM   Subscribe

From May 29 to June 7, the public will be able to stream movies, panel discussions, and events curated by the world’s biggest film festivals. Organized by Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube, We Are One: A Global Film Festival will feature content curated by the following festivals: Annecy (Animation), Berlin, BFI London, Cannes, Guadalajara, Macao, Jerusalem, Mumbai, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Marrakech, New York, San Sebastian, Sarajevo, Sundance, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Tribeca, and Venice. All programming will be available for free, and without ads, at youtube.com/weareone. Viewers will be asked to make donations to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and local relief organizations all over the world.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl (8 comments total) 56 users marked this as a favorite
 
Well this is gonna put a crimp in my regular schedule. And, really, I'm okay with that.
posted by gusottertrout at 12:40 PM on April 28 [2 favorites]


I wonder how the independent entries feel about their films suddenly having an infinite release without any possibility of a distribution deal or payday. Doesn't this do the creators a disservice?
posted by Think_Long at 12:50 PM on April 28


Is there a lineup somewhere? The Leos Carrax/Sparks musical film Annette was supposed to premiere at Cannes, and damn it, I need more Ron and Russell Mael-penned music in my life. Also Adam Driver is in it.
posted by SansPoint at 12:59 PM on April 28


I wonder how the independent entries feel about their films suddenly having an infinite release without any possibility of a distribution deal or payday. Doesn't this do the creators a disservice?

From the article: No details of the programming were announced and it is unlikely that major new movies that generally launch at film festivals would be included.
posted by Mothlight at 1:10 PM on April 28


I took that to mean those films that are already backed by a studio and were already going to see a wide release, not the independents that are entering these festival seeking distribution. I could be wrong about how this all works tho.
posted by Think_Long at 1:33 PM on April 28


But shouldn't they be doing it for the exposure? (ducks)
posted by rikschell at 1:45 PM on April 28


Yeah, I don't have any insider information, but I think that filmmakers will be allowed to decline this opportunity on a film by film basis. As a point of comparison, Amazon announced that it would do something similar with the SXSW film line-up and when that "festival collection" was finally announced it had only four narrative feature films on it out of something like 50 that were originally scheduled to show. Things could be different now that we're farther into The Pause, of course, but I'd be shocked if, say, the new Carax mentioned above went straight to streaming. Maybe at the end of the year, if we still don't have festivals and/or movie theaters ...
posted by Mothlight at 1:46 PM on April 28 [2 favorites]


The 17th annual The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival streams May 13-17 for US$5.
posted by neuron at 7:19 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]


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