What to Watch During Coronavirus: A Free Online Film Festival

Syjil Ashraf

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted travel throughout the world and led to the cancellation of many major events, including festivals. Festival attendees have been left to figure out how to rebook and obtain refunds for their tickets, not to mention deal with the ensuing disappointment. For film lovers, however, Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube have announced a 10-day digital film festival, with the likes of the Tribeca Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival taking part.

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Beginning May 29, YouTube will host We Are One: A Global Film Festival at YouTube.com/WeAreOne, available for free to audiences around the world. In addition to movies from Tribeca Film Festival, a variety of other films will be screened in partnership with many major film festivals around the world, including Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, New York Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

“We often talk about film's uniquely powerful role in inspiring and uniting people across borders and differences to help heal the world. All of the world needs healing right now,” said Jane Rosenthall, co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival, in a press release. “We Are One: A Global Film Festival unites curators, artists and storytellers to entertain and provide relief to audiences worldwide. In working with our extraordinary festival partners and YouTube we hope that everyone gets a taste of what makes each festival so unique and appreciates the art and power of film.”

The online film fest is a great opportunity to discover new genres and films from other countries, learn more about other cultures and history, or even just take a break from all the pandemic stress by watching something happy. Although international travel and events are canceled throughout the world, an online film festival is a great idea to add to an itinerary for the ultimate staycation.