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Updated: Jul 1, 2020

Twenty-one film festivals across the world, including London, Berlin, Sydney, New York and Mumbai, have bandied together to host this ten-day event from May 29th to June 7th free on YouTube May 29 - June 7 at

The idea is altruistic and aims to bring us together across the globe when so many countries have been wracked by COVID 19. The full festival schedule will be available from May 29th at

From our side of the pond, the British Film Institute presents two restored silent films Shiraz and The Epic of Everest, with newly commissioned scores from contemporary musicians - Anoushka Shankar and Simon Fisher Turner. There is also a short film programme from emerging UK filmmakers and Rudeboy, a documentary about the UK’s Trojan records.

Audiences will be able to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts through a donate button or link on every film page. Highly recommended.

Left to right:

The Epic of Everest

June 4th, 5:00PM Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) (d. J.B.L. Noel, 1924 UK. 87 minutes, silent restored by BFI National Archive with original score commission from Simon Fisher Turner)

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

May 29th, 3:30PM Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4)

(d. Nicolas Jack Davies, UK 2019)

Shiraz: A Romance of India

June 2nd, 12:15PM Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4)

(d. F. Osten, 1928 UK/India/Germany, restored by BFI National Archive with original score commission from Anoushka Shankar).


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