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Venice, Toronto, New York, Telluride festivals agree to cooperate and not compete amid pandemic

A joint statement from the four festivals did not, however, give any details on how the alliance would be put in place.

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has altered people’s lives in myriad ways, the Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride film festivals announced that instead of competing with one another as they usually do, they would come together and collaborate to serve filmmakers, audiences, journalists and industry members who keep the film ecosystem thriving.

In a joint statement announcing the alliance, the centrality of each festival was highlighted. "Venice is the origin story for every film festival in the world. Telluride is one of the world's most influential festivals. Toronto is home to the world’s largest public film festival. And the New York Film Festival curates for one of the world’s most storied, sophisticated film cities," it said.

The statement continued, "Our four festivals share a love of cinema and a devotion to filmmakers. We also share a short span of six weeks each autumn. This year, we have moved away from competing with our colleagues at autumn festivals and commit instead to collaboration. We are sharing ideas and information. We are offering our festivals as a united platform for the best cinema we can find."   

The solidarity statement was signed by Toronto festival co-heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente, Venice festival director Alberto Barbera, New York festival director Eugene Hernandez and Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger and co-founder Tom Luddy.

It is not clear yet what exact methods will be adopted by the festivals as they prepare to work together in support of cinema.

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