By Eric Eidelstein | Indiewire February 12, 2014 at 1:0PM
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival introduces Tribeca Innovation Week
(TIW), a project that will focus on closing the gap between the creative
and tech worlds. Debuting at the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, TIW
invites ticket-holders to attend a week-long program with different
events that all emphasize the collaborative effort between storytellers
and innovators in the film world.
"Tribeca Innovation Week will bring together the ever merging communities - creators and innovators – to explore this unique time of convergence in media, movies, art and technology. As the digital and analog worlds continue to blur there has never been more of an opportunity to create and tell stories." said Jane Rosenthal, TFF Co-Founder and CEO.
The following events will take place over the duration of Tribeca Innovation Week on April 21-26 (Descriptions provided by the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival):
Future of Film Live Series - April 21 – 24
This series of live programs explores and illuminates the status of story and cinematic narrative at the intersection of technology, culture and commerce. Each of the four live events uses vibrant cross-disciplinary conversation to uncover the prescient questions occupying artists, scientists, philosophers, technologists, entrepreneurs and audiences worldwide. Future of Film will kick off with a conversation with Oscar and Emmy-award winner Aaron Sorkin.
11th Annual Games for Change Festival - April 22 – 24, 26
Collaborating around the premise that digital games can effect positive social change, the largest gaming event in New York City is now part of the Tribeca Film Festival. This three-day international event held at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts unites innovators and game developers with change makers and educators who believe in the transformational power of games and game thinking. On April 26, G4C and TFF will host the Games for Change Public Arcade as part of the TFF Family Festival Street Fair in Lower Manhattan. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #G4C14
Previous attendees have included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Fast Company, Mashable, Microsoft, MIT Media Lab, The New York Times, the UN World Food Programme and Warner Bros.
Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards - April 25
Returning for its fifth edition, this provocative awards program, co-sponsored by Accenture and AT&T, celebrates the new frontiers of disruptive innovation in collaboration with Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, father of the groundbreaking Disruptive Innovation Theory, and the Disruptor Foundation. Cross-disciplinary disruptors are honored from a broad range of domains, including business, education, art, media, healthcare, technology, religion and spirituality, economics and politics. Recent honorees have included Eric Schmidt, Jack Dorsey, Keith Richards, MakerBot, Handi Ulakaya, Jack Andraka, Kenzo, Alec Ross, Ashton Kutcher, and David Brooks.
Tribeca Hacks <Mobile> sponsored by AT&T - April 25
For two days, creative media makers will work with technologists and designers to imagine and invent new possibilities for storytelling in an increasingly mobile and connected world. They will experiment with telling stories on smartphones and tablets, using social media and connected devices. Join the participants and other Festival VIP’s at an exclusive reception to gain a glimpse into the future imagined through these groundbreaking creative collaborations as creators present their finished works.
TFI Interactive - April 26
Returning for its third year, TFI Interactive (#TFIi), an initiative of the nonprofit Tribeca Film Institute with leadership support from the Ford Foundation, assembles the brightest thinkers and innovators from the worlds of film, media, gaming, technology and society to explore storytelling in the digital age. This daylong summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions and interactive activities to be announced in full in March. Past participants have included Tiffany Shlain, Lance Weiler and Jason Silva, and presentations have explored a variety of topics on the changing art of business and film, including web-based documentaries, attracting funding for transmedia works, and rich narratives in gaming.
Storyscapes, in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin – The Tribeca Film Festival and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE proudly offers transmedia artists an opportunity to showcase their creativity within a Festival setting. In its second year as a juried section at TFF, visitors to the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE House of Imagination immersive gallery will see first-hand how the conventions of visual storytelling are changing through genre-bending projects at the intersection of technology, interactivity and installation art. The five projects accepted into this year’s section will be announced in March and the space will be open to public for four days during the Festival. Innovation Week passes will enable holders to attend invitation only preview events closed to the public through RSVP.
Passes and tickets will be available for purchase online at the Tribeca Film site, along with complete information on all Innovation Week opportunities. The 13th Annual Festival takes place from April 16-27.