YouTube and Tribeca Enterprises have unveiled the lineup for the upcoming 10-day digital film festival called ‘We Are One: A Global Film Festival’.
The event, scheduled to kick off on Friday exclusively on YouTube, will include more than 100 movies co-curated by 21 film festivals around the globe, including the Sarajevo Film Festival.
The festival, which will also feature talks, VR content and musical performances, aims to 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, ‘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”, the organizers said.
The programming slate will feature more than 100 films, including 13 world premieres, 31 online premieres, and five international online premieres. It 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.
We Are One: A Global Film Festival will host a number of specially-curated talks, featuring - among others - Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Soderbergh, and Guillermo del Toro. 360 VR selections will feature Emmy-nominated documentary ‘Traveling While Black’ and ‘Atlas V’, a sci-fi narrative starring Bill Skarsgård, as well as additional titles with notable talent including John Legend, Oprah Winfrey and Lupita Nyong’o.
Participating festivals include Sarajevo, Berlin, Cannes, Guadalajara, Macao, Jerusalem, Mumbai, Karlovy Vary, London, Locarno, Marrakech, New York, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Sundance, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Tribeca, Venice, and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
“The festivals are places of networking, coming together and sharing. Now, more than ever, this is essential in rebuilding the social capital, in reconsidering models of filmmaking and in shaping our common future. Festivals are places where we can decide together where we want to go, and places where we show that we are one. We were happy to join this collaborative initiative of Tribeca, YouTube and the world’s leading film festivals, as it is an opportunity to show to worldwide audience the films by auteurs from our region and the world which had been made in Sarajevo. We hope that you’ll enjoy this Global Festival and that we will soon be meeting again at real-life Festivals and in real movie theatres”, said Mirsad Purivatra and Jovan Marjanovic on behalf of the Sarajevo Film Festival.
All programming will be free for audiences to stream. Donations will benefit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, and Doctors without Borders, as well as local relief providers in various parts of the world. Audiences will be able to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts through a donate button or link on every film page.
This year’s 26th Sarajevo Film Festival is scheduled to take place on August 14-21.