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Tribeca Fest Launches Program To Support Minority Filmmakers

Tribeca Fest Launches Program To Support Minority Filmmakers

Tribeca Fest Launches Program To Support Minority Filmmakers

by Rania Richardson

The UA Theaters in Battery Park City, site of many of the Tribeca Film Festival screenings. Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

A new initiative to support ethnic minority filmmakers called “Tribeca All Access” will debut during the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal announced Monday. This unique director-driven program will provide networking opportunities for U.S.-based Latino, African American, Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander filmmakers.

Approximately 20 fiction directors (at the development stage) and documentary directors (at the work-in-progress stage) will be selected as participants in the All Access program, which will run May 3-6, 2004 (the third-annual Tribeca Fest runs May 1-9). Selected directors’ previous works may also be selected to screen during the Festival.

Tribeca Film Institute heads Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal said they established this new program because they saw a need to help minority filmmakers while making use of the Festival’s resources. “What I love about film is its richness,” said De Niro in a prepared statement. “You can only get that when people of different backgrounds come together.”

While Tribeca All Access will include panels, screenings, and receptions, the core of the program will be networking discussions with financiers, production companies, literary agents, development executives, sales agents, and other industry execs. “Our goal is to connect people,” Tribeca Film Festival Programmer David Kwok told indieWIRE, “Hopefully some projects will get the help they need, in the form of representation or financial backing.”

Kwok clarified that the program is not for filmmakers with only a screenplay and not a larger plan for the film. “Directors must have proven ability and projects must be fully thought through,” he said.

[The deadline for entries is February 13 and details on submission requirements can be found by calling (212) 941-4012, or at: http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org.]

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