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"We Are One" presents a free global film festival online


With theatres closed around the world, 21 international film festivals unite to curate streaming content beginning May 29, including features, documentaries, and conversations with filmmakers
With theatres around the world closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, international film festivals have joined together virtually, with We Are One: A Global Film Festival, kicking off May 29 on YouTube.
The 10-day festival will screen more than 100 films — for free — including world and North American premieres. The lineup ranges from narrative features, documentaries and short films, to recorded panel discussions with leading filmmakers, and virtual reality presentations.
Films will be streamed at youtube.com/WeAreOne.
The festival was conceived last month when the Tribeca Film Festival (which was to have kicked off in April) and other festivals around the world started cancelling their plans. Tribeca co-founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal said Thursday, “To put on a film festival and do this and collaborate with our colleagues globally, that wasn’t a challenge. It was an opportunity for us to do something that is bringing us all together, and also raise funds for these organizations that are helping the world fight this virus.”
The slate of offerings has been co-curated by 21 leading international festivals, including Berlin, Cannes, London, Mumbai, New York, Sundance, Tokyo, Toronto, Tribeca and Venice.
Though films will be available to stream for free, donations are requested for COVID-19 relief efforts, to support a collection of organizations, including Save the Children, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, World Health Organization, and others.

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