We Are One: A Global Film Festival is a free, 10-day online event born of the idea that the film community can come together during a crisis — both in celebration of movies and in support of COVID-19 relief efforts. Presented by Tribeca Enterprises, the festival will spotlight over 100 films co-curated by 21 prolific festivals from 35 countries, and includes features, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and conversations from around the world.
It’s important right now for festivals to bolster the industry and bring audiences together. As part of the international film festival community, TIFF is delighted to be a part of this very worthy initiative. We are in great company with other festivals in sharing content from our collective past to be rediscovered by new audiences in a communal experience.
TIFF has selected the Ugandan film Crazy World, which had its world premiere as part of TIFF’s Midnight Madness programme in 2019, along with two talks that speak directly about the diversity, ingenuity, and range of Canadian filmmaking. First is a Master Class with acclaimed actor Tantoo Cardinal, moderated by filmmaker and former TIFF programmer Danis Goulet. The second is a look at David Cronenberg’s 1996 film Crash, in conversation with Cronenberg and frequent collaborator Viggo Mortensen.
Opening Night: May 29, 2pm EDT
2019 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection and We Are One Global Digital Premiere
In the latest from Uganda’s gonzo action auteur IGG Nabwana, a gang of child-snatching mobsters make a fatal mistake when they kidnap the Waka Stars, a team of pint-sized kung-fu masters who soon turn their cunning wits and deadly skills upon their captors.
TIFF Talks: Tantoo Cardinal Master Class
June 7, 3:15pm EDT
2018, 62 minutes
Our intimate and inspiring conversation with award-winning Canadian screen icon Tantoo Cardinal. An eminent Cree-Métis activist and artist, Cardinal has an indomitable presence; her influential portraits of Indigenous characters have ignited screens globally in more than 120 film, television, and theatre projects over a 50-year career.
TIFF Talks: Viggo Mortensen & David Cronenberg
June 6, 5:20pm EDT
2019, 52 minutes
Frequent David Cronenberg collaborator Viggo Mortensen joined TIFF for a post-screening Q&A about Crash, Cronenberg’s controversial tale of bodily trauma and desire — which Mortensen hand-picked from TIFF’s Film Reference Library Screening Collection.
NOTE: After their presentations, all selections will move to a seven-day VOD window. They can be enjoyed by audiences at any time for the duration of the We Are One festival.
We Are One is a charitable initiative. Donations will be requested on YouTube. TIFF will be supporting We Are One’s default charity, the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.