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Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube have jointly announced that a new digital-only festival is taking place next month. In just over a month, a new fest called We Are One: A Global Film Festival will happen exclusively on YouTube for 10 days, presenting narrative feature films, shorts, documentaries, and more – all free on YouTube for the world to watch.

Some of the planet’s biggest and most prestigious film festivals are teaming up to bring this event to life, including Cannes, NYFF, TIFF, Tribeca, Venice, and more.
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Cooper's Bar Review

(The SXSW Film Festival may have been cancelled, but our coverage will go on with reviews of films and TV shows made available to our critics.)

Los Angeles is a tough city. It’s filled with dreams and aspiring who-knows-whats all just trying to make their dreams come true. Some hustle hard enough to break through, others get flat out lucky. The rest? Well, the rest just find themselves with a lot of broken dreams and empty bank accounts. Cooper’s Bar takes a look at two men who are hoping to fall somewhere in those first two categories and desperately trying to avoid becoming the third.

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tiff 2020

In a normal year, the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off in September. But 2020 is not a normal year by any stretch of the imagination, and TIFF is now facing a big decision. Due to the coronavirus, many of this year’s film festivals have already been canceled, or at the very least delayed. With September fast-approaching, the TIFF organizers are holding fast, and refusing to postpone. But they also realize that even if all coronavirus restrictions are somehow lifted by September, there will still be a hesitation for some to venture out into a crowded metropolis for a packed film festival.

So what’s the solution? A digital component.

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Digital SXSW Lineup

Earlier this month, Amazon put out the word that they were interested in hosting a digital SXSW film festival, giving filmmakers a chance to debut titles they were unable to premiere at the now-canceled fest. The overall reaction to the idea was mixed – some were into the idea, but others felt that filmmakers wouldn’t want to debut their features on a digital platform. As a result, most filmmakers passed on the idea. But some got in on the action, and now Amazon has revealed its digital SXSW film lineup, which consists primarily of short films.

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venice film festival

When in Venice, do as you normally do: plan to still hold your international film festival this year despite the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Venice Film Festival is still planning to hold its 2020 edition as planned this September, despite fears around the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which has cancelled or postponed festivals around the world, including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. But despite reports that Venice and Cannes could collaborate in a joint initiative, the president of the Venice parent organization has shut down the possibility.

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sxsw online

The South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas was one of the first festivals hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, leaving the various participating filmmakers scrambling to find new venues for their indie films. Enter: Amazon Prime Video with the seemingly generous offer to host a SXSW Online Festival, in partnership with SXSW. But despite the much-needed publicity that this would give to indie filmmakers, many of them are balking at handing over their films to the streamer for fear of messing up potential distributor sales.

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cannes 2020

The Cannes Film Festival is in limbo at the moment, and it’s becoming more and more likely that the fest just isn’t going to happen this year. The Cannes organizers previously announced that the fest’s original dates of May 12 through 23 were canceled, but there was still some hope the fest could be held at a later date – preferably late June or early July.

However, France’s coronavirus lockdown has just been extended, which has effectively killed that idea. However, the folks involved with Cannes are still not ready to give up the ghost just yet, and are hoping to stage some form of the festival this year. Meanwhile, Germany’s Munich Film Festival, which was scheduled for late June, has been canceled entirely.

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sxsw 2020 pilot showcase

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has effectively brought Hollywood to a standstill as movie theaters, businesses, and public spaces shutter out of abundance of caution for the virus. The first to feel these effects were film festivals, which thrive in all of the above, and grant indie filmmakers a wider audience and outreach than they could hope through their own limited resources.

Now with film festivals essentially cancelled for the foreseeable future, a few indie filmmakers are taking things into their own hands. The South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, apart from spotlighting films and technology, also holds a SXSW Episodic Pilot Competition, rewarding promising TV pilots that debut at the festival. Left without a festival to debut their pilots, a group of filmmakers selected for the competition have banded together to launch a SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase on Vimeo.

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Lusty Crest Review

(The SXSW Film Festival may have been cancelled, but our coverage will go on with reviews of films and TV shows made available to our critics.)

There’s something strange afoot at the lecherous hotel Lusty Crest. Humans and the supernatural alike come together to have their darkest desires satisfied in Lusty Crest’s ridiculous and fun pilot, and it’s up to Kasha (Erica Dasher) to get to the bottom of the sexy mystery. The young maid may have come to the sex hotel to escape her romantic past, but she quickly finds that past isn’t as done with her as she is with it. 

Just to be clear from the jump, Lusty Crest is hot nonsense. If that’s not your thing, you’re probably not going to have a lot of fun with this one. With that in mind, the SXSW jury thought it was fun enough to receive special jury recognition for comedy. After my own viewing, I have to agree with that assessment. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like for an over the top anime script to be played out in live action, this pilot is the answer. 

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The Dream Review

(The SXSW Film Festival may have been cancelled, but our coverage will go on with reviews of films and TV shows made available to our critics.)

It seems pilots about chasing the dream in Los Angeles were supposed to be hot this year at SXSW! But of all the TV shows about this idea, The Dream is the one that worked the best for me. The pilot follows Daryl (Micah Bijon) as he struggles to find his path right out of film school. How hard is he struggling? Well, we kick things off with his middle school-aged nephew giving him ten dollars for gas to ensure he can get home, get to work that day, and presumably collect him at the end of the day. Turns out college is expensive. Living in LA probably isn’t helping him out much either. 

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