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Viggo Mortensen to be awarded with Donostia Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival
Viggo Mortensen at the premiere of "The Road" during the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009
Viggo Mortensen at the premiere of "The Road" during the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009 Credit: Josh Jensen from Toronto, Ontario, Canada / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Viggo Mortensen is set to receive the prestigious Donostia Award at the 68th San Sebastián International Film Festival in recognition for his acting career. Mortensen is a three-time Oscar nominee and has starred in movies such as Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic and the Lord Of The Ring Trilogy. Additionally, his directorial debut "Falling" will be presented during the Film Festival.

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Oscars to implement "representation and inclusion standards"
Red carpet at 81st Annual Academy Awards in Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles
Red carpet at 81st Annual Academy Awards in Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles Credit: Greg in Hollywood (Greg Hernandez) / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

In a statement on Friday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, has announced that movies will be required to meet certain "representation and inclusion standards" to be eligible for an award. The new standards will be implemented next year, but the Academy was vague on the details of those news standards.

CEO Dawn Hudson's statement read: "While the Academy has made strides, we know there is much more work to be done in order to ensure equitable opportunities across the board. The need to address this issue is urgent. To that end, we will amend – and continue to examine – our rules and procedures to ensure that all voices are heard and celebrated."

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Cannes Film Festival to announce Selection in June
Viewers in cinema
Viewers in cinema Credit: unsplash.com/@kristsll

A spokesperson of the Cannes Film Festival has announced that they will announce "films from the (initial Official) Selection at the beginning of June". The fall film festival is currently ruling out a physical festival but might organize a “redeployment ‘outside the walls’ (of Cannes), in collaboration with fall festivals", including festivals such as Venice, Toronto and New York.

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Tribeca and YouTube team up for "We Are One" virtual global film festival
We Are One: Global Film Festival Logo
We Are One: Global Film Festival Logo Credit: YouTube,Tribeca/We Are One: Global Film Festival

Tribeca and YouTube have teamed up to present We Are One: A Global Film Festival taking place from May 29 to June 7. The free event will be hosted on YouTube and feature films, documentaries, shorts and others from the top film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Venice. Major film festivals were forced to cancel their events due to Covid-19. We Are One will be ad-free but viewers will be asked to donate to Covid-19 relief funds.