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Tribeca Film Festival Pushes Back Dates for 2019 Edition, Adds First North American Critics Week Program

Plus, check out full submission dates and rules for the annual New York City film festival.

Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal, center, and Susan Zuccotti, right, and Zuccotti family cut the ribbon of the newly named John Zuccotti Theater before the Tribeca Film Festival opening night world premiere of "The First Monday in May" at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, in New YorkAPTOPIX 2016 Tribeca Film Festival - "The First Monday in May" World Premiere, New York, USA

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When the Tribeca Film Festival bows next spring, the annual New York City event will roll out the red carpet a week later than it has in the past. The 18th edition of the festival will take place April 24 – May 5, 2019, a slight change from its typical mid-April run. In addition to honors for films playing in competition, Tribeca continues to focus on the discovery of new filmmakers with juried awards for best new narrative and documentary filmmakers.

The festival has also announced that it will continue to champion female filmmakers – this past year, 46% of the feature films were directed by women – and will award the 7th annual Nora Ephron Award will again recognize a female writer or director whose work embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron with a $25,000 prize.

Finally, the 2019 festival will introduce a new program: its own Critics Week, the first for a North American film festival, as a sidebar to the main program. While Cannes, Venice and Berlin all feature their own Critics Weeks, Tribeca is the first to create one on this side of the Atlantic. The festival is collaborating with New York-based film critics to curate the section, including IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn, Vanity Fair’s K. Austin Collins, The Village Voice’s Bilge Ebiri, BuzzFeed’s Alison Willmore, and Vulture’s Emily Yoshida. The inaugural Critics Week will highlight a slate of 5-7 feature films that will screen throughout the Festival.

“The New York critical community has long been our compatriots in championing the most exciting new voices and trends in cinema, so we are thrilled that Tribeca will officially partner with them with this inaugural Critics Week program,” said Tribeca’s Director of Programming Cara Cusumano in an official statement. “We look forward to discovering the new work they select, along with all the upcoming features, shorts, TV, VR, and online work from around the world as we officially open for submissions for Tribeca 2019.”

Submissions open on August 20 for all sections of the Festival – feature and short films, TV, Immersive, N.O.W., and the Tribeca X Award. Filmmakers and creators can submit for consideration for all categories directly at the submissions portal or via Withoutabox.

Submission deadlines for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows:

Feature and Short Films, Tribeca TV, Tribeca N.O.W., and Tribeca Immersive:

August 20, 2018 – Submissions Open
September 26, 2018 – Early Deadline
October 31, 2018 – Official Deadline
November 28, 2018 – Late Deadline

Tribeca X Award:

August 20, 2018 – Submissions Open
November 28, 2018 – Early Deadline
January 9, 2019 – Official Deadline
January 30, 2019 – Late Deadline

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