HistoryRobert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.
Since its founding, the Festival has attracted over two million attendees from the US and abroad and has generated more than $425 million in economic activity for New York City. The Tribeca Film Festival has quickly become the largest film festival in New York City. The program line-up offers moviegoers a wide variety of independent films including documentaries, narrative features and shorts, as well as a program of family-friendly films. In 2009, the Tribeca Film Festival welcomed Geoff Gilmore, the former head of the Sundance Film Festival. He has taken over the reigns as Chief Creative Officer at Tribeca from Peter Scarlet.
Tribeca Film Festival MissionThe Festival’s mission focuses on assisting filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promoting New York City as a major film making center.
Tribeca Film Festival Programs and AwardsThe Tribeca Film Festival hosts an awards program that recognizes both narrative and documentary films. Awards in the World Narrative and World Documentary Competitions will be presented in the following juried categories: Best Narrative Feature, Best New Narrative Filmmaker (for first or second-time feature directors), sponsored by American Express, Best Actress in a Narrative Film, sponsored by Delta Air Lines, Best Actor in a Narrative Film, sponsored by Delta Air Lines, Best Documentary Feature, and Best New Documentary Filmmaker (for first or second time feature directors), sponsored by American Express.
In addition, films predominantly shot in New York and/or produced by a New York-based production company will be up for the following awards: Best New York Narrative and Best New York Documentary.
Additional festival awards include the Heineken Audience Award, the audience choice for best feature film, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and the Student Visionary Award, sponsored by Apple. Films in the World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Encounters, Discovery, Midnight, Spotlight or Showcase sections are eligible for the Audience Award.
Getting Tickets for the Tribeca Film FestivalTickets can be purchased for the Tribeca Film Festival online and at the box office. The Festival offers various discount ticket packages for avid film fans. General screening tickets on evening and weekends are $15.00 and $8.00 for late night and matinee screenings. The official website lists official prices and policies.
2009 Tribeca Film Festival InformationThe 2009 festival featured films from 33 different countries, including 47 World Premieres, 4 International Premieres, 15 North American Premieres, 3 U.S. Premieres and 12 New York City Premieres. Woody Allen's Whatever Works opened the fest on April 22, 2009. Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Begley Jr. and Patricia Clarkson star in this ensemble comedy shot in New York City.