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We Are One Global Streaming Film Festival: YouTube Doesn’t See It as the Wave of the Future

We Are One Global Streaming Film Festival: YouTube Doesn’t See It as the Wave of the Future

YouTube and Tribeca Enterprises have kicked off We Are One: A Global Film Festival — a 10-day collaboration among 21 film fests from around the world, encompassing a lineup of more than 100 films and other programming, all streaming for free.

Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s chief business officer, is thrilled that the video giant is the home for the virtual fest, which runs exclusively on YouTube from May 29-June 7. But he doesn’t believe that streaming will replace in-person film festivals.

Such an unprecedented joining of forces by film festivals, normally a highly competitive lot, may only have been possible in our current pandemic era.

“We don’t look at it as, ‘This is the future of film festivals,'” Kyncl tells Variety. The goal was to bring together all the participants in an incredibly short timeframe, to provide a way at this moment in time for filmmakers to showcase their work, he says.

See full article on Variety