Whilst the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the film industry with festival events continuing to be
cancelled or postponed, major films festivals have joined forces to provide an alternative. Curating a list of
over 100 films that can be watched by audiences from the safety of their homes, “We Are One: A Global Film
Festival” started on the May the 29 th and will run for 10 days.

A combination of short films, full-length, documentaries, talks and movie performances can be viewed through
subscribing for free to the youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/WeAreOne and as of the 2 nd June had
over 235,000 subscribers worldwide. Some of the films on the channel can only be seen once and for a full list
and schedule can be found at http://www.weareoneglobalfestival.com/.

The event was initiated by Production Company Tribeca Enterprises, with funds raised during the event being
donated to coronavirus relief efforts.

Although the event provides a rare shining light, the industry is a long way from understanding when, how or
even if the film festival circuit will return to a functional normality.

The big five have not all escaped the impacts of the virus. Cannes cancelled this year’s event due to concerns
and challenges around ensuring all attendees would be able to maintain social distancing rules. Also, the
ongoing restrictions to global travel meant attendance was impossible for many.

Elsewhere in Europe, The Berlin International Film Festival, which has been held every year in February since
1978, went ahead before most of Europe began locking down as countries attempted to reduce the spread of
the virus. In Italy it is also expected that the 77 th Venice International Film Festival scheduled for September
will go ahead as planned.

Currently The Toronto Film Festival is to go ahead as planned, but the details of the event will almost certainly
look different this year, if indeed the event manages to go ahead.

There is a realisation now that the impact of the coronavirus is likely to have role to play well into 2021, and
the likes of Sundance Film Festival and others are already spending time focusing on what the landscape might
look like post-pandemic.