After wrapping up the ninth installment of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, which ran from April 21 to May 2 and screened 85 features and 47 short films, the organizers have compiled the numbers and facts from this year’s event:
— Nearly 410,000 people attended events (screenings, street fair, panels) at this year’s festival.
— In order to avoid the after effects of the dreaded Eyjafjallajökull, “My Brothers” producers Rebecca O’Flanagan and Rob Walpole took planes, trains, automobiles, and more to get to Tribeca (Okay, maybe not trains). They travelled across the Irish Sea by ferry, drove for 400 miles in Wales, took another ferry across the English Channel, drove 900 miles through France and Spain, and then flew from Madrid to Bogota to Miami to New York.’
— A live falcon, a star of the doc “Feathered Cocaine” flew through the audience during three of the film’s screenings.
— Rwandan President Paul Kagame attended the screening of “Earth Made of Glass,” ending the screening event with an impassioned speech against his country’s genocidal past.
— 137 of the lineup’s 146 directors, from 38 different countries, attended the festival.
— Roughly 10,000 people enjoyed the fest’s three free outdoor screnings: “El Espiritu de la Salsa,” “Big,” and “The Birth of Big Air”
— A crowd of around 300,000 people took in a day of fun at the Tribeca Family Festival STreet Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day on Saturday.
Commenting in a statement about this year’s festival, Nancy Schafer, the fest’s Executive Director commented, ““New York is home to some of the most enthusiastic filmgoers in the world, and it was wonderful seeing them turn out in droves to enjoy not only our unique slate of films and intimate conversations with leading filmmakers and actors, but also our free neighborhood events. Seeing our audiences embrace the work of our filmmakers, who this year included some of the biggest names in the industry as well as a crop of fresh, new voices, has been such a rewarding experience.”