Major international film festivals come together to launch We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Major international film festivals come together to launch We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

The festival will feature 10 days of digital programming to keep us entertained and connected during the lockdown

Tribeca and YouTube have announced a new and unprecedented international film festival, which will see 21 film festivals from across the world come together to broadcast 10 days of programming straight to our homes. Running from Fri 29 May to Sun 7 June on YouTube, We Are One: A Global Film Festival features a line-up curated by the likes of BFI London Film Festival, Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, the Mumbai Film Festival and the Berlinale, which will celebrate the power of storytelling and its vital importance in this difficult time.

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak, not only does the festival hope to keep us entertained during this dark period, but it will also be soliciting donations for charitable causes that are supporting those most adversely affected by the pandemic, including World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation and Give2Asia, among others.

The roster for We Are One will feature over 100 films from 35 different countries, including 13 world premieres, in addition to VR content, a DJ set from Questlove, and a range of talks by luminaries from the world of cinema, including Guillermo del Toro, Zhang Ziyi, Diego Luna, Alejandro Iñárritu, Jane Campion, Bong Joon-ho and Francis Ford Coppola.

Film highlights from the programme include the documentary Ricky Powell: The Individualist, which explores the life and work of the iconic street photographer; the premiere of Iron Hammer, a documentary feature on legendary Chinese Olympic volleyball player Jenny Lang Ping; shorts from DreamWorks Animation; and Israeli psychological thriller Losing Alice. BFI's contributions to the programme include beautifully restored silent films Shiraz: A Romance of India and The Epic of Everest, as well as the documentary Rudeboy, which explores the enduring legacy of the UK's Trojan Records, which produced seminal '60s reggae, ska and rocksteady hits.

Major international film festivals come together to launch We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Shiraz: A Romance of India

Tricia Tuttle, the Festival Director for BFI London Film Festival, said, 'We wanted to focus on two things that have great power to unite people across the world - film and music. Here we present two silent films Shiraz and The Epic of Everest, restored by our colleagues at the BFI National Archive with richly evocative, newly commissioned scores from contemporary musicians – Anoushka Shankar and Simon Fisher Turner.

These archive gems sit alongside a short film programme of emerging UK filmmakers who are busy now developing on the great promise of these works. We also present Rudeboy, a documentary about the UK's Trojan records, behind many 60s reggae, ska and rocksteady hits from Desmond Dekker to The Maytals. In these challenging times, there are many people struggling and We Are One is an opportunity for us to come together through our love of film, art and music to reach out and support each other.'

We Are One: A Global Film Festival will run from Fri 29 May–Sun 7 June, streaming exclusively on youtube.com/WeAreOne. View the full festival schedule on their website.

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We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Twenty-one major film festivals – including the likes of BFI London Film Festival, Cannes, Sundance and TIFF – come together to host ten days of digital programming, designed to keep us inspired and connected during the lockdown.

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