Attendance at Robert De Niro’s ninth Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) was over 410,000, if you count panels and free community events as well as screenings. 94,000 went to theater screenings and events over 12 days ending May 2; 396 screenings and panels were at more than 95% capacity. TFF screened 85 features and 47 short films from 38 countries.
Here’s some 2010 Tribeca Film Festival trivia:
*137 out of 146 directors attended the Festival. Of those 137 directors, 91 feature directors and 46 short directors attended from 38 different countries.
*767 industry delegates attended the Festival; 675 were from the U.S. and 92 hailed from other countries.
*“My Brothers” producers Rebecca O’Flanagan and Rob Walpole refused to let the Iceland volcano derail their plans to attend the world premiere of their film at TFF. Their journey to Tribeca included a ferry ride across the Irish Sea, a nearly 400-mile drive in Wales, a second ferry across the English Channel, a second drive of more 900 miles across France and Spain, and three plane rides from Madrid to New York that included stops in Bogota, Colombia and Miami
*Standing ovations took place at screenings for “RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage” (the audience award winner) and “Budrus.”
*A falcon featured in “Feathered Cocaine” attended three of the film’s five public screenings.
*The Festival featured more than 1,100 volunteers. Approximately 700 were from the New York area. Volunteers also came from other parts of the United States, as well as 13 countries, including Argentina, Sweden, Japan, France, Canada, Mexico and Germany.