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Tribeca Film Festival and ESPN to Launch Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival and ESPN to Launch Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival

ESPN Inc. and Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, a multi-platform showcase for independent sports films, the two groups have announced. In a multi-year arrangement, The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will be programmed and operated by the Tribeca Film Festival with on-air support from ESPN. Targeted at both the film industry and sports film fans, the festival will feature a complete program of film screenings, live events, online interactivity, and media extensions. The festival will debut at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival (April 25 – May 5, 2007) and feature premiere screenings of sports-related narrative and documentary feature and short films, industry events and will include user generated online content curated by the festival’s programmers. At the core of the festival will be the premiere screenings of independent feature films that will be seeking commercial distribution. An advisory board, comprised of established figures in sports and film, is currently in formation. ESPN will dedicate television, radio, print and online resources to support and promote the festival. “Filmmakers have long been captivated by the compelling storytelling inspired by sports,” said Jane Rosenthal, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder in a statement. “By combining forces with ESPN, the world’s leading sports media brand, we will not only serve passionate sports fans but build new audiences for sports filmmakers and their films, on a national and international basis, at the festival as well as on a year-round basis.” [Brian Brooks]

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