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Tribeca Film Festival


Tribeca Film Festival

Shortly after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff announced a new film and arts festival in downtown Manhattan that would reinvigorate the spirit and economy of the downtown communities. Thanks to their star power and the support of sponsors like American Express, the Tribeca Film Festival was very quickly able to establish itself as one of the most important film events of the year in New York City and within the larger US and international film festival landscape. Because of the vibrant film and art community in the city, the festival is filled with creative people. Panels are packed with VIPs on stage and in the audience. Red carpet premieres and fiery Q&As abound.The festival screens films from around the world, but it also features a focus on films made in New York City. Although Tribeca was criticized for expanding too fast and too wide-reaching, moving far beyond its titular neighborhood to include screenings all over NYC, in recent years, budget constraints and a rethought programming plan has seen the event scale back to a much more manageable size, with screenings centralized in the Union Square/East Village neighborhoods of the city - though the event still maintains a theatre in Tribeca, the former Screening Room now known as Tribeca Cinemas. This slimmer festival has been largely welcomed as a positive move for the event by industry and general audiences. Outside of the annual festival, one of Tribeca's most significant programs is Tribeca All Access, which provides networking and workshop opportunities to film projects that feature people of color in key creative roles.

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