Free 10-day digital festival, featuring 100 films, including DreamWorks shorts and Annecy animation selections, begins May 29 on YouTube.
Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube have just announced the programming slate for We Are One: A Global Film Festival, a free, online event that will feature over 100 films co-curated by 21 of the world’s top film festivals, in addition to talks, VR content and musical performances. The 10-day digital event will celebrate global voices, elevate films that have the power to create change and bring audiences from around the world together to create meaningful connections. Assembling some of the world’s most talented artists, storytellers and curators around a central effort to provide entertainment and offer relief in the form of supporting organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will run exclusively on YouTube May 29 - June 7 at YouTube.com/WeAreOne.
We Are One: A Global Film Festival will give audiences an opportunity to experience different cultures through an artistic lens - each official selection was handpicked for inclusion to highlight the singularities of each participating festival, while also providing a voice to filmmakers on a global stage. Many of these titles will have significant debuts at the festival, with programming consisting of over 100 films, including 13 world premieres, 31 online premieres, and five international online premieres. A truly international festival, the programming will represent over 35 countries and will include 23 narrative and eight documentary features, 57 narrative and 15 documentary short films, 15 archived talks along with four festival exclusives and five VR programming pieces.
Notable film presentations will include Ricky Powell: The Individualist, a documentary about legendary street photographer Powell featuring interviews with Natasha Lyonne and LL Cool J; the online premiere of Eeb Allay Ooo!, a unique satire about professional “monkey repellers” and winner of the Mumbai Film Festival’s Golden Gateway Award; and the world premiere of Iron Hammer, a compelling documentary feature directed by Joan Chen about legendary Chinese Olympic volleyball star Jenny Lang Ping, a true trailblazer who forged connections across the globe. Audiences will have access to over 50 narrative and documentary shorts with exciting entries such as the world premiere of Japanese narrative short The Yalta Conference Online, created exclusively for the festival by Director Koji Fukada; the global premiere of the Third Eye Blind documentary short Motorcycle Drive By, as well as the first short pieces made by Dreamworks Animation, Bilby, Marooned and Bird Karma. Episodic programming features the world premiere of Losing Alice, an Israeli female-led neo-noir psychological TV thriller and And She Could Be Next, a two-part documentary series on the experiences of women of color running for office, including Stacey Abrams and Rashida Tlaib.
We Are One: A Global Film Festival will host a number of specially-curated talks, both archived from past festivals and brand new discussions, that will offer viewers a chance to revisit important moments in film. Talks will feature Francis Ford Coppola with Steven Soderbergh, Song Kang-ho and Bong Joon-ho, Guillermo del Toro, Jane Campion and Claire Denis. 360 VR selections will feature Emmy-nominated documentary Traveling While Black and Alteration, a sci-fi narrative starring Bill Skarsgard, as well as additional titles with notable talent including John Legend, Oprah Winfrey and Lupita Nyong’o. There will also be special musical performances, including a 30-minute DJ set by Questlove.
“We are so excited to share the combined efforts of our festival partners and YouTube with the world this week,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “Together, we were able to curate a compelling slate of programming that succinctly reflects the subtle variations in style that make each festival so special. We Are One: A Global Film Festival will offer audiences an opportunity to not only celebrate the art of film, but the unique qualities that make each story we watch so memorable.”
“One of the beautiful things about films and other visual content is the ability to tell stories and bring people together, no matter where they live or where they’re from. This is a phenomenon we’ve seen at YouTube throughout the years but especially today, as people look to connect and be entertained,” said Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, YouTube. “The programming coordinated by Tribeca Enterprises for We Are One: A Global Film Festival has that magical ability to transport viewers from all around the world to a special moment in time, through the unique lens that our esteemed festival partners bring.”
The global festival will include programming curated by and unique to the identity of all participating festival partners, including: Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM), International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Jerusalem Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Venice Film Festival.
The Annecy program includes the following selections:
Leon’s Four Seasons.
This collection gathers together the following 4 films: Leon in Wintertime by Pierre-Luc GRANJON and Pascal LE NÔTRE, Molly in Springtime by Pierre-Luc GRANJON, L'Été de Boniface and Poppety in the Fall by Pierre-Luc GRANJON and Antoine LANCIAUX, produced by FOLIMAGE, the NFB, TPS TELETOON DIVERTISSEMENT SUBSÉQUENCE INC. and distributed by Folimage – Worldwide Online Premiere (has shown in limited regions only).
Annecy Shorts (geared towards adults):
- Shannon Amen by Chris DAINTY, produced by NFB – Online Premiere (never been shown online)
- The Procession by Pascal BLANCHET, and Rodolphe SAINT-GELAIS, produced by the NFB – Online Premiere (never been shown online)
- Black Barbie by Comfort ARTHUR, produced by BLUEMOON PRODUCTIONS – Online Premiere (never been shown online)
- The Battle of San Romano by Georges SCHWIZGEBEL, produced by STUDIO GDS – Special Presentation (behind a paywall, special free screening for We Are One)
- The One-Minute Memoir by Joan GRATZ, Christopher HINTON, Paul DRIESSEN, Theodore USHEV, Dennis TUPICOFF, Janet PERLMAN, Marv NEWLAND, Jim BLASHFIELD, Bill PLYMPTON and Diane OBOMSAWIN, produced by GRATZFILM – World Premiere (never been seen)
- Dew Line by Joanna PRIESTLEY, produced by PRIESTLEY MOTION PICTURES
Annecy Shorts for Families/Kids – Online Premiere: DreamWorks Animation Shorts never shown online
- Bird Karma by William SALAZAR produced by DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
- Bilby by Liron TOPAZ, Pierre PERIFEL, SANS JP, produced by DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
- Marooned by Andrew EREKSON, produced by DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
“Cinema is not only a collective work, but also a shared experience. In these times of social distancing, the spirit of cooperation and a sense of community are needed more than ever before. Therefore, we are happy to participate in the We Are One initiative. We wish all those wonderful artists that their audiences will be able to see their work on the big screen again soon,” said the Berlinale Director Duo Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian.
"We are honored and happy to join We Are One, as a sign of friendship and solidarity for our friends of Tribeca, at the same time offering to the worldwide audience a taste of what we do in Venice in order to support new filmmakers concretely,” added Venice Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera. “More than ever we need a sense of solidarity and sharing. More than ever we must celebrate the cinema and all those that make it possible.
"Annecy was immensely proud to be a part of We are One. Thanks to Tribeca for conjuring up this wonderful joint adventure between festivals and thanks to the rights holders for answering our call. We hope that the public will discover or rediscover works and artists that we admire and that constitute the richness of our art. Long live the cinema, long live animation film!” added Mickaël Marin, CEO Annecy Festival.
True to its mission, We Are One: A Global Film Festival will seek to bring artists, creators and curators together around an international event that celebrates the exquisite art of storytelling. In doing so, it will aim to provide not only solace and entertainment for audiences during a time when it’s needed most, but also opportunities for these individuals to give back through donations to the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children,, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation and Give2Asia, among others. Audiences will be able to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts through a donate button or link on every film page.
The full festival schedule is available at www.weareoneglobalfestival.com.