Major Film Festivals Across The World Join With YouTube To Announce We Are One: A Global Film Festival Starting May 29

Major Film Festivals Across the World Join with YouTube to Announce We Are One: A Global Film Festival Starting May 29

The 10-day digital festival, produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises, will feature programming from 20 festivals including Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and many more, enabling audiences to experience films from around the world

Festival to benefit World Health Organization Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund

Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube jointly announced today We Are One: A Global Film Festival, an unprecedented 10-day digital film festival exclusively on YouTube, bringing together an international community of storytellers to present festival programming for free to audiences around the world. Set to begin on May 29 on, the festival will feature programming curated by the 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), Jerusalem Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, 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, Venice Film Festival, and more, immersing audiences in stories from around the world and providing a voice for filmmakers on a global stage.

Core to the DNA of film festivals is the belief that artists and creators have the power to bring people together and create meaningful connections during a time when the world needs it most. Through We Are One: A Global Film Festival , audiences will not only get a peek into different cultures through a new lens, they’ll be able to support local communities by directly donating to organizations helping the relief efforts for those affected by COVID-19. The festival will benefit the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as local relief partners in each region.

“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 Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “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.”

“One of the most unique and inspiring aspects of the world staying home is our ability to come together and experience an event as one, and We Are One: A Global Film Festival is just that,” said Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, YouTube. “Along with Tribeca Enterprises and our incredible partners, we are bringing fans the opportunity to experience the curated programming each of these festivals provides as part of our ten-day long event. It’s an event that’s never been done before and we’re proud to be the home for this fantastic content that is free to fans around the world.”

“We are proud to join with our partner festivals to spotlight truly extraordinary films and talent, allowing audiences to experience both the nuances of storytelling from around the world and the artistic personalities of each festival,” said Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Film Festival, and Thierry Fr é maux, Cannes Film Festival General Delegate.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival will run from May 29 – June 7 on Programming will be available for free, and will include films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and conversations. A full schedule will be available closer to the festival start date.

About Tribeca Enterprises

Tribeca Enterprises is a multi-platform storytelling company, established in 2003 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. Tribeca provides artists with unique platforms to expand the audience for their work and broadens consumer access to experience storytelling, independent film, and media. The company operates a network of entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival; the Tribeca TV Festival; and its branded entertainment production arm, Tribeca Studios.

About YouTube

Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch, and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.


National Arts Festival Team Explains Digital Format

Soon after the lockdown was announced in March, the National Arts Festival made the decision to go digital. In a webinar on Tuesday, 21 April, the Festival’s team explained how the first-ever digital edition of the 46-year-old Festival would work.

CEO Monica Newton said the decision to go virtual was made with artists in mind: “We considered postponing but the timeline looked very uncertain. We have to work with Makhanda’s academic calendar and the only other time of the year to consider would have been December, which is impossibly hot in Makhanda.”

Artistic Director Rucera Seethal said, “Choosing to go the virtual route was the difficult route, but we decided that it was better than cancelling.”

The Virtual National Arts Festival, which will run from 25 June-5 July, will be hosted on the Festival’s website, which will act as a portal to short films, virtual art exhibitions, online workshops and other experiences and events. Technical Director Nicci Spalding explained that this will allow the organisers to do two important things: firstly, it will protect the artists’ work from being downloaded or copied; and, secondly, it will allow the Festival to manage access to the work as the majority of the programme will require virtual audiences to buy tickets.

Seethal said it was very important that the arts maintained its value in the shift to an online space. She said the Festival will be selling ticket packages so visitors will be able to view a selection of works. Aside from the live works, it will be possible to view most of the shows at your leisure. Each day of the Festival will offer an online programme for audiences to choose from.

Seethal further explained that the Festival was still open to ideas from artists and producers – not just for work, but for ways to collaborate, offer resources, and mentorship. She pointed towards an Ideas Form on the Festival’s website and asked that interested parties submit theirs as soon as possible because of the uncertain timeline and questions over freedom of movement.

When the Festival launches in June, it will have a curated daily programme for each of the 11 days that will feature a mix of theatre, comedy, visual arts, workshops, talks and experiences as well as elements of the Standard Bank Creativate Digital Arts Festival programme, which highlights cutting-edge work in the spaces where art and technology meet. There will also be an uncurated, open-access platform that will serve as a stage for artists to showcase their work and generate revenue from ticket sales.

National Arts Festival Fringe Manager Zikhona Monaheng said that having an open platform for artists would allow anyone whose work was not selected for the curated daily programme to put their work online and would create the potential to make some money. The Festival will only take a 10% handling fee to manage ticket transactions in the open-platform space, leaving the artists with 90% of the takings. A call for submissions for the open access platform will open soon.

The Standard Bank Village Green will also be going virtual. A trader’s listing – or digital gallery – will be available so that visitors and traders can find and engage with each other.

Accessibility, in terms of both artists and audiences having the tools and data to participate in the Festival, is a concern the Festival is addressing. Executive Producer Nobesuthu Rayi said that while this was a potential barrier, it was a consequence of the broader environment. “The move to do this Festival online was motivated primarily by concern for artists. We wanted to enable as many artists as possible to be paid and have a space to show work. Right now, the digital divide is bigger than us but, once we start to take up space there, artists can participate in reshaping that space over time.”

Newton added that the shift into the online space was teaching the team that there was a need to provide training and development in the digital arts space but that the current restrictions on movement and tight timeline made it difficult for such a project at this point.

Spalding stressed that digital work was, like live work, first and foremost about artistic vision. “Work doesn’t have to be high cost or have high production values. There are some incredible, simple ideas out there. It’s artistic vision that holds up the piece. That is where you need to start.”

A comprehensive summary of all the questions that were asked during the webinar, together with answers, will be available on the Festival’s website.

Anyone wishing to contribute ideas, resources or work for the Festival can submit them on the Ideas Form

The National Arts Festival said the initial webinar would be followed by additional specialised webinars on various aspects and interest areas of the Festival and encouraged people to sign up for the Festival’s newsletter to receive further information.


Virtual National Arts Festival – Realising A New Reality

“Everything has changed since we last wrote to you – the Coronavirus pandemic, which has the world in lockdown, has meant we’ve had to make some difficult decisions. Cancelling was not an option – we really wanted to find a way to make the Festival happen – for the artists, for our stakeholders, and for you, our audience.”

“So, in a giant leap of faith, we’re doing something we’ve never done before. With the help and support of our sponsors, artists, and audience, the 46th National Arts Festival will be a virtual festival. We’re taking the Festival online, with digital content that will inspire, entertain and distract you – as well as provoke thought and discussion around some of the issues we’re all grappling with.”

Monica Newton, NAF CEO

How we’ll be doing it differently this year

The decision to take the Festival online is a bold response to the restrictions posed by the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s a challenging time for ‘business unusual’, and we know that if anyone is up to an agile, creative response, it’s South Africa’s artistic community.

Held from 25 June to 5 July, the portal to the experience will be the National Arts Festival website. Here, audiences will be able to experience streamed, live performances, pre-recorded concerts, virtual, immersive exhibitions, poetry and stage readings, interactive workshops and webinars. While some content will be behind a paywall, there’ll also be free content as the National Arts Festival is committed to reaching as many people as possible.

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Your chance to Talk to the Team

This concept of a virtual festival format has everyone asking questions – including us. We have a list of FAQs on our website that we hope answer some of the more obvious questions – and we’ll keep adding to this as we go along. We’re also holding a ‘Talk to the Team’ session, where both artists and audiences will be able to ask the people at NAF questions directly. So please make note of the date – Tuesday 21 April. We’ll let you know the time and format of this panel event closer to the time. The session will also be available to view later or download on the NAF website.

If you’d like to be an active participant, please book your space, or send us your questions in advance by emailing us on

Rucera Seethal, agility in a time of change

‘Since we announced the Virtual NAF, we immediately went into brainstorming and researching possible ways to host or present the Festival, while at the same time working out what kinds of content we could be working with, and how to enable artists to respond to this change, and also reconfiguring internal working groups, and figuring out ways of distance working. How we are all still standing is a small miracle. I’m very pleased to see that a big organisation such as the National Arts Festival can be flexible and responsive – this is completely necessary in an invariably volatile future.’

Rucera Seethal, the Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival, talks about building a programme for uncertain times. Read the Q&A here

Celebrating the City That Sings

BBC’s Radio 4 and TBI Media have produced a beautiful documentary about Masicule, the annual event in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) that was created by the National Arts Festival to celebrate voice – and the city itself.

‘Local vocalist Nombasa Maqoko brings you the story of Masicule 2020, a chance to hear some of its wonderful music and to discover how singing creates a brief flicker of light in Makhanda’s current darkness.’

Listen to it here


Covid-19 And The Free Stuck At Home 48HFF

Stuck At Home 48

A special challenge from the 48HFP

It’s free and it’s online—and you can do it from the safety of your own home.

Like you, we’d rather be making films than being quarantined at home avoiding COVID-19. While we make our plans for the regular 48 Hour Film Project in your city later this year, we have a series of three film challenges for you, if you wish to participate.

Each Friday evening, we will send an email to all of the registered teams with a Secret Challenge that will test your creativity and ingenuity. You can make your film alone, with other people who live in your home, or you may team up remotely. (Remember—no group gatherings!)

The Stuck At Home 48 will have a different Secret Challenge each weekend:

  • March 27-29
  • April 3-5
  • April 17-19

There is no cost to participate. When you register, you will be enrolled to receive the “Stuck at Home 48” creative brief by email each Friday. An email will also include instructions on where to upload your finished video.

To register, click here:

For more information, click here:

High School 48 Short Script Project

Finally, we have information on a writing contest that is specifically for high school age kids. It’s the High School 48 Short Script Project. Registration includes access to special filmmaking tutorials.

Please pass this on to any high school students you know:

We hope you will join us for the Stuck at Home 48.

Have fun. Be safe. Make movies!


Durban FilmMart Partners With Talents Durban And Announces Call For Applications For 2020 Edition

Durban, South Africa. The Durban FilmMart has announced a new partnership with Talents Durban, as applications open for the 2020 edition.

Talents Durban is a five-day talent development programme, which has been presented in Durban, South Africa for the past 12 years in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival. This year’s Talents Durban edition is scheduled to take place from 16 to 20 July.

Up to 20 emerging African filmmakers and emerging film critics are selected to attend the programme. Talents Durban comprises workshops and seminars by industry experts with opportunities to connect with a global network of film industry professionals, and benchmark their work against African and global trends.

“Through discussion with the Berlinale Talents and the Durban International Film Festival, in which Talents was previously housed, we felt that as an industry facing programme, that it was a logical fit for it to be incorporated into the Durban FilmMart,” said Toni Monty, current Head of the DFM.

Christine Tröstrum, Project Manager of the Berlinale Talents commented, “Talents began in Durban ahead of the creation of the DFM 13 years ago. The Talents programme and the DFM have both now evolved into solid vital industry initiatives on the African continent. With our shared aim to create again more synergies in project development and promotion, we are sure that the intensified collaboration will provide some excellent opportunities for the participants.”

The DFM also announced the appointment, Menzi Mhlongo as the Manager of the programme for the 13th edition in 2020. “Menzi Mhlongo has been the Project Manager of Talents since 2017, and brings a wealth of institutional knowledge to the table, providing programme stability and excellent curatorial experience,’ said Toni Monty.

“The framework for the Talents Durban programme remains the same,” said Menzi Mhlongo. “This is a just an operational shift, and we will continue to support emerging talents from the continent – with a special attention to promoting a community of filmmakers to inspire growth and expansion of African cinema. I am very excited about working more closely with the industry through the platforms that the DFM provides.”

The Talents Durban programme comprises a Storytelling Lab for three features, three shorts and three TV/Web series currently in development; a Doc Lab in which three Talents Durban with documentary projects are given expert mentorship and can pitch their projects at the Durban FilmMart’s African Pitching Forum; the Animation Lab which is open to screenwriters and animation directors with animation projects and Talent Press which offers mentorship for three emerging African film critics and journalists

The Talents will also be able to participate and interact within the formal DFM (17-20 July) programme with the expected 1000 delegates in attendance this year.

Applications for Talents Durban are now open online via Talents Durban will cover participants’ accommodation, airfare, and market accreditation. Deadline for application is 24 April 2020. Selected projects will be announced mid- May 2020.

Talents Durban is one of seven Talents International initiatives around the world formed by Berlinale Talents. It is an initiative of the Durban FilmMart in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, with support from the Durban FIlm Office, the Gauteng Film Commission, the International Emerging Film Talent Association, and the Namibia Film Commission.