DAILY NEWS: Scarlet Named To Top Post at Tribeca Film Festival
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
(indieWIRE: 11.20.02) — Peter Scarlet, longtime head of the San Francisco
International Film Festival, has been named executive director of the
Tribeca Film Festival. Event co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal made the announcement yesterday, concluding a search that began earlier this year.
Scarlet, a native of Manhattan, recently served as the director general of
the Cinematheque Francaise. He is best known for his work heading the San
Francisco International Film Festival as its director from 1983 to 2001. In
fact, his new post may even put him in competition with the San Francisco
event, which is set to conclude just five days before the start of the
second Tribeca Film Festival.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Peter on board to head the team for the 2003
Festival,” commented Rosenthal in a prepared statement. “Coming from the
oldest film festival in the country to the newest, he brings invaluable
experience and a broad knowledge of film production around the world.”
On board as programmers again for the 2003 festival, which will run May 6 to
11, are Nancy Schafer (formerly of SXSW) and David Kwok (formerly of The New Festival, New York’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival). Also returning for the 2003 event is Magnolia Pictures‘ Eamonn Bowles, who curated the independent film showcase at the 2002 festival.
“We hope that we will be a window for certain international films,” Scarlet
told indieWIRE yesterday, indicating that he also plans to again offer the
“fun, glitz, and excitement that is part of what a festival is about.”
Specific plans for the 2003 festival have yet to be entirely announced but
organizers are currently soliciting submissions. Films will be screened in
competition, at gala premiere showings, and as part of sidebar sections,
including the family film fest.
“New York City is the crossroads of it all,” Scarlet continued, in
yesterday’s conversation with indieWIRE. “There is room for a true
international festival as a kind of meeting place for the cultures of the
world, the filmmakers of the world and the people who live in this city.”