Tribeca Film festival

Tribeca Film festival – A space for inspiration, individual expression, and social responsibility. 2016 Tribeca Film Festival April 13 – 24.

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Tribeca Film festival
Tribeca Film festival




The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff, reportedly in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, although there are reports that its founding was underway prior to the events of 9/11.

The mission of the festival is “to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.” The Tribeca Film Festival was founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.

In 2006 and 2007, the Festival receive

d over 8600 film submissions and held 1,500 screenings. The Festival’s program line-up includes a variety of independent films including documentaries, narrative features and shorts, as well as a program of family-friendly films. The Festival also features panel discussions with personalities in the entertainment world and a music lounge produced with ASCAP to showcase artists. One of the more distinctive components of the Festival is its Artists Awards program in which emerging and renowned artists celebrate filmmakers by providing original works of art that are given to the filmmakers’ competition winners. Past artists of the Artists Awards program have included Chuck Close, Alex Katz, and Julian Schnabel.

The festival now draws an estimated three million people—including often-elusive celebrities from the worlds of art, film, and music—and generates $600 million annually.


Festival founders Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro.

The marquee of Tribeca Cinemas

After the premiere of a documentary film at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, subjects and creators onstage.
The inaugural festival launched after 120 days of planning with the help of more than 1,300 volunteers. It was attended by more than 150,000 people and featured several up-and-coming filmmakers. The festival included juried narrative, documentary and short film competitions; a Restored Classics series; a Best of New York series curated by Martin Scorsese; 13 major panel discussions; an all-day Family Festival; and the premieres of studio films Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, About A Boy, the American remake of Insomnia, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as well as the American premiere of Spider-Man 3 and The Avengers.

The 2003 festival brought more than 300,000 people. The festival showcased an expanded group of independent features, documentaries and short films from around the world, coupled with studio premieres, panel discussions, music and comedy concerts, a family festival, sports activities, and outdoor movie screenings along the Hudson River. The family festival featured children’s movie screenings, storytelling, family panels, workshops, and interactive games culminating in a daylong street fair that drew a crowd estimated at 250,000 people.

At the end of 2003, De Niro purchased the theater at 54 Varick Street which had housed the recently closed Screening Room, an art house that had shown independent films nightly, renaming it the Tribeca Cinema. It became one of the venues of the festival.

In an effort to serve its mission of bringing independent film to the widest possible audience, in 2006, the Festival expanded its reach in New York City and internationally. In New York City, Tribeca hosted screenings throughout Manhattan as the Festival’s 1,000-plus screening schedule outgrew the capacity downtown. Internationally, the Festival brought films to the Rome Film Fest. As part of the celebrations in Rome, Tribeca was awarded the first ever “Steps and Stars” award, presented on the Spanish Steps. A total of 169 feature films and 99 shorts were selected from 4,100 film submissions, including 1,950 feature submissions—three times the total submissions from the first festival in 2002. The festival featured 90 world premieres, nine international premieres, 31 North American premieres, 6 U.S. premieres, and 28 New York City premieres.

In 2009, Rosenthal, Hatkoff and De Niro were named number 14 on Barron’s list of the world’s top 25 philanthropists for their role in regenerating TriBeCa’s economy after September 11.

As of 2010, the festival is run as a business by Tribeca Enterprises.

In 2011, L.A. Noire became the first video game to be recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival.

World Narrative Competition
Best Narrative Feature
2014 – Zero Motivation, directed by Talya Lavie
2013 – The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt
2012 – War Witch, directed by Kim Nguyen
2011 – She Monkeys, directed by Lisa Aschan
2010 – When We Leave, directed by Feo Aladag
2009 – About Elly, directed by Asghar Farhadi
2008 – Let the Right One In, directed by Tomas Alfredson
2007 – My Father My Lord, directed by David Volach
2006 – Iluminados por el fuego, directed by Tristán Bauer
2005 – Stolen Life, directed by Li Shaohong
2004 – Green Hat, directed by Liu Fendou
2003 – Blind Shaft, directed by Li Yang
2002 – Roger Dodger, directed by Dylan Kidd
Best New Narrative Filmmaker
2014 – Josef Wladyka for Manos Sucias
2013 – Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais for Whitewash
2012 – Lucy Mulloy, Una Noche
2011 – Park Jungbum for The Journals of Musan
2010 – Kim Chapiron for Dog Pound
2009 – Rune Denstad Langlo for North
2008 – Huseyin Karabey for My Marlon and Brando
2007 – Enrique Begne for Two Embraces
2006 – Marwan Hamed for The Yacoubian Building
2005 – Alicia Scherson for Play
2004 – Liu Fendou for Green Hat
2003 – Valeria Bruni Tedeschi for It’s Easier for a Camel…
2002 – Eric Eason for Manito
Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film
2014 – Paul Schneider for Goodbye to All That
2013 – Sitthiphon Disamoe, The Rocket
2012 – Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nuñez Florian, Una Noche
2011 – Ramadhan “Shami” Bizimana in Grey Matter
2010 – Eric Elmosnino in Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)
2009 – Ciarán Hinds in The Eclipse
2008 – Thomas Turgoose and Piotr Jagiello for their roles in Somers Town
2007 – Lofti Ebdelli in Making Of. (Akher film)
2006 – Jürgen Vogel in Der Freie Wille
2005 – Cees Geel in Simon
2004 – Ian Hart in Blind Flight
2003 – Igor Bareš in Výlet and Ohad Knoller in Yossi & Jagger
Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film
2014 – Valeria Bruni Tedeschi in Human Capital
2013 – Veerle Baetens in The Broken Circle Breakdown
2012 – Rachel Mwanza in War Witch
2011 – Carice van Houten in Black Butterflies
2010 – Sibel Kekilli in When We Leave
2009 – Zoe Kazan in The Exploding Girl
2008 – Eileen Walsh in Eden
2007 – Marina Hands in Lady Chatterley
2006 – Eva Holubová in Holiday Makers
2005 – Felicity Huffman in Transamerica
2004 – Fernanda Montenegro in O Outro Lado da Rua
2003 – Valeria Bruni Tedeschi in It’s Easier for a Camel…
Best Documentary Feature
2014 – Point and Shoot, directed by Marshall Curry
2013 – The Kill Team, directed by Dan Krauss
2012 – The World Before Her, directed by Nisha Pahuja
2011 – Bombay Beach, directed by Alma Har’el
2010 – Monica & David, directed by Alexandra Codina
2009 – Racing Dreams, directed by Marshall Curry
2008 – Pray the Devil Back to Hell, directed by Gini Reticker
2007 – Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney
2006 – The War Tapes, directed by Deborah Scranton
2005 – El Perro Negro: Stories from the Spanish Civil War, directed by Péter Forgács
2004 – Arna’s Children, directed by Danniel Danniel and Juliano Mer-Khamis and The Man Who Stole My Mother’s Face, directed by Cathy Henkel
2003 – A Normal Life, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Hugo Berkeley
2002 – Chiefs, directed by Daniel Junge
Best New Documentary Filmmaker
2014 – Alan Hicks for Keep On Keepin’ On
2013 – Sean Dunne for Oxyana
2011 – Pablo Croce for Like Water
2010 – Clio Barnard for The Arbor
2009 – Ian Olds for Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi
2008 – Carlos Carcass for Old Man Bebo
2007 – Vardan Hovhannisyan for A Story of People in War and Peace
2006 – Pelin Esmer for The Play
2005 – Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary for Favela Rising
2004 – Paulo Sacramento for The Prisoner of the Iron Bars: Self-Portraits
Short Film Competition
Best Narrative Short
2014 – The Phone Call, directed by Mat Kirkby
2013 – The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars, directed by Edoardo Ponti
2010 – Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here, directed by Bekhi Sibiya
2009 – The North Road, directed by Carlos Chahine
2008 – New Boy, directed by Steph Green
2007 – The Last Dog in Rwanda, directed by Jens Assur
2006 – The Shovel, directed by Nick Childs
2005 – Cashback, directed by Sean Ellis
2004 – Shock Act, directed by Seth Grossman
2002 – Bamboleho, directed by Luis Prieto
Best Documentary Short
2014 – One Year Lease, directed by Brian Bolster
2010 – White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug, directed by Travis Senger
2009 – Home, directed by Mathew Faust
2008 – Mandatory Service, directed by Jessica Habie
2007 – A Son’s Sacrifice, directed by Yoni Brook
2006 – Native New Yorker, directed by Steve Bilich
2005 – The Life of Kevin Carter, directed by Dan Krauss
2004 – Sister Rose’s Passion, directed by Oren Jacoby
2003 – Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones, directed by Harvey Wang
2002 – All Water Has a Perfect Memory, directed by Natalia Almada
Student Visionary Award
2014 – Nesma’s Bird, directed by Najwan Ali and Medoo Ali
2013 – Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, directed by Stephen Dunn
2010 – some boys don’t leave, directed by Maggie Kiley
2009 – Small Change, directed by Anna McGrath
2008 – Elephant Garden, directed by Sasie Sealy
2007 – Good Luck Nedim, directed by Marko Santic and Someone Else’s War, directed by Lee Wang
2006 – Dead End Job, directed by Samantha Davidson Green
2005 – Dance Mania Fantastic, directed by Sasie Sealy
2004 – ‘Independent Lens’ (American Made), directed by Sharat Raju



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