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Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival
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David Paterson opens the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008 by David Shankbone.JPG
New York Governor David Paterson opens the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Founded2001; 19 years ago (2001)
Most recent2019; 1 year ago (2019)

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is an American film festival held in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, showcasing a diverse selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 2002, it has become an outlet for independent filmmakers in all genres to release their work to a broad audience.

In 2006 and 2007, the festival received over 8,600 film submissions and held 1,500 screenings.[1] The festival's program line-up includes a variety of independent films including documentaries, narrative features and shorts, as well as a program of family-friendly films. The festival also features panel discussions with people in the entertainment world and a music lounge produced with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) to showcase artists. One of the more distinctive components of the festival is its artists awards program in which emerging and established artists celebrate filmmakers by providing original works of art that are given to the filmmakers' competition winners. Past artists of the artists award program include Chuck Close, Alex Katz, and Julian Schnabel.

The festival now[when?] draws an estimated three million people--including often-elusive celebrities from the worlds of art, film, and music--and generates $600 million annually.[]


Festival founders Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro
The marquee of Tribeca Cinemas
After the premiere of a documentary film at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, subjects and creators onstage

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and Craig Hatkoff, reportedly in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan,[2] although there are reports that its founding was underway prior to the events of 9/11.[3] The inaugural festival launched after 120 days of planning with the help of more than 1,300 volunteers. It was attended by more than 150,000 people[1] and featured several up-and-coming filmmakers. The festival included juried narrative, documentary and short film competitions; a restored classics series; a best of New York series curated by Martin Scorsese; 13 major panel discussions; an all-day family festival; and the premieres of studio films Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones,[4]About A Boy,[5] the American remake of Insomnia, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

The 2003 festival brought more than 300,000 people.[1] The festival showcased an expanded group of independent features, documentaries and short films from around the world, coupled with studio premieres, panel discussions, music and comedy concerts, a family festival, sports activities, and outdoor movie screenings along the Hudson River. The family festival featured children's movie screenings, storytelling, family panels, workshops, and interactive games culminating in a daylong street fair that drew a crowd estimated at 250,000 people.[6]

At the end of 2003, De Niro purchased the theater at 54 Varick Street which had housed the recently closed Screening Room, an art house that had shown independent films nightly,[7] renaming it the Tribeca Cinema. It became one of the venues of the festival.

In an effort to serve its mission of bringing independent film to the widest possible audience, in 2006, the festival expanded its reach in New York City and internationally. In New York City, Tribeca hosted screenings throughout Manhattan as the festival's 1,000-plus screening schedule outgrew the capacity downtown. Internationally, the Festival brought films to the Rome Film Festival. As part of the celebrations in Rome, Tribeca was awarded the first-ever "Steps and Stars" award, presented on the Spanish Steps. A total of 169 feature films and 99 shorts were selected from 4,100 film submissions, including 1,950 feature submissions--three times the total submissions from the first festival in 2002. The festival featured 90 world premieres, nine international premieres, 31 North American premieres, 6 U.S. premieres, and 28 New York City premieres.

In 2009, Rosenthal, Hatkoff and De Niro were named number 14 on Barron's list of the world's top 25 philanthropists for their role in regenerating TriBeCa's economy after September 11.[8]

As of 2010, the festival is run as a business by Tribeca Enterprises.[9]Andrew Essex has been the CEO of Tribeca Enterprises since January, 2016.

In 2011, L.A. Noire became the first video game to be recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2013, Beyond: Two Souls, featuring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, became only the second game to be premiered at the festival.

The 19th Tribeca Film Festival, originally scheduled for April 15-26 2020, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers told ticket holders to monitor its website for ticket refund information, implying the event will not be rescheduled. At the time, organizers asked people to monitor its website for more on how they are "moving forward", without making any statements or commitments on holding future editions of the film festival.[10]

On August 7, 2020, organizers announced that the 20th anniversary edition of the festival will be held from June 9 to June 20, 2021, with a dedicated space to celebrate films whose premieres were not able to take place in the festival that was cancelled in 2020.[11]


U.S. Narrative Competition

Best U.S. Narrative Feature

Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film

Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film

Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film

Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film

World Narrative Competition

Best Narrative Feature

Best New Narrative Filmmaker

  • 2020 - Gaspar Antillo for Nobody Knows I'm Here[12]
  • 2019 - Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin for Scheme Birds[16]

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film

Best Documentary Feature

Best New Documentary Filmmaker

Best Documentary Editing

  • 2020 - Amy Foete for Father, Soldier, Son
  • 2017 - Adam Nielson for Bobbi Jene

Best Cinematography

  • 2020 - Daniella Nowitz for Asia[12]
  • 2017 - Elvira Lind for Bobbi Jene[15]
  • 2015 - Magnus Jønck for Bridgend
  • 2014 - Damian García for Gueros
  • 2013 - Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen for Before Snowfall
  • 2012 - Trevor Forrest and Shlomo Godder for Una Noche
  • 2011 - Lisa Tillinger for Artificial Paradises

Best Screenplay

Best Narrative Editing

  • 2015 - Oliver Bugge Coutté for Bridgend
  • 2014 - Keith Miller for Five Star

Best Narrative Short

  • 2020 - No More Wings, directed by Abraham Adeyemi[12]

Best Documentary Short

Student Visionary Award

  • 2020 - Cru-Raw, directed by David Oesch[12]
  • 2017 - Fry Day, directed by Laura Moss[15]
  • 2015 - Catwalk, directed by Ninja Thyberg
  • 2014 - Nesma's Bird, directed by Najwan Ali and Medoo Ali[17]
  • 2013 - Life Doesn't Frighten Me, directed by Stephen Dunn
  • 2010 - some boys don't leave, directed by Maggie Kiley
  • 2009 - Small Change, directed by Anna McGrath
  • 2008 - Elephant Garden, directed by Sasie Sealy
  • 2007 - Good Luck Nedim, directed by Marko Santic and Someone Else's War, directed by Lee Wang
  • 2006 - Dead End Job, directed by Samantha Davidson Green
  • 2005 - Dance Mania Fantastic, directed by Sasie Sealy
  • 2004 - 'Independent Lens' (American Made), directed by Sharat Raju

Nora Ephron Prize

Best Animated Short

Storyscapes Award

  • 2017 -- TREEHUGGER : WAWONA created by Barnaby Steel, Ersin Han Ersin and Robin McNicholas[19]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "2011 Tribeca Film Festival Fact Sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Cuban 'defector film' takes Tribeca prizes". BBC News. April 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Documents reveal pre-9/11 plans for Tribeca Film Festival". 2007. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "The Children's Aid Society and The Tribeca Film Festival to Co-Host The New York City Premiere of 'Star Wars: Episode II Attack of The Clones' on May 12th". Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Lemire, Christy (April 25, 2006). "Tribeca Film Festival returns to its inspiration". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press.
  6. ^ "Businesses say business was up for film festival". Downtown Express. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Rogers, Josh (December 17, 2003). "De Niro and partners buy Tribeca's Screening Room". The Villager. 73 (33). Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ Suzanne McGee (November 30, 2009). "The 25 Best Givers". Barron's. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ Creepy, Uncle (March 3, 2010). "Tribeca Film Festival Expands to Include Tribeca Film and Tribeca Film Festival Virtual". . Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "A Statement from Tribeca". Tribeca Film Festival. March 12, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Dates and Call for Submissions". Tribeca Film Festival. August 7, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Moreau, Jordan (April 29, 2020). "'The Half of It,' Steve Zahn, Assol Abdullina Win Awards at 2020 Tribeca Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ a b McDonald, Soraya Nadia. "Phillip Youmans becomes first black director to win at Tribeca with his feature debut, 'Burning Cane'". The Undefeated. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Here are the Winners of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Juried Awards | Tribeca". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Here are the Winners of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Juried Awards". Tribeca Film Festival.
  16. ^ a b "Tribeca: 'Burning Cane,' 'Scheme Birds' Among Awards Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i "2014 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Award Winners". Tribeca Film Festival. April 24, 2014. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "Tribeca honours Australian film The Rocket with top prize". BBC News. Retrieved 2013.
  19. ^ "Here are the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Juried Award Winners | Tribeca". Tribeca. Retrieved 2018.

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