Every year there are a few highly anticipated events in the film world. In New York City, one highlight is the Tribeca Film Festival. This festival got its start in 2002 and has grown each year since. Located in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca
, this festival is a favorite spring event both for New Yorkers and visitors alike. During this festival film, enthusiasts will see a variety of narrative and documentary features as well as short films. In addition to screenings, the Tribeca Film Festival is also known for parties, lectures, and other programs. Keep reading to discover why this event is one of the most dynamic festivals not only in film, but also in all of the big New York festivals.
The 2012 Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival is being held from April 18 through April 29
. Submissions opened in September 2011 and the deadline for all features and shorts is December 2. There is also a late deadline for feature film submissions on January 6. As the Tribeca Film Festival has earned a great reputation over the course of a decade, the quality and variety of films have improved each and every year. At the 2012 festival, you can expect the same incredible celebrities in art, film, and music that have turned up year after year to support such an incredible New York City event.
History of the Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. As a result of this terrorist attack, the downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca lost some of its vitality, and the founders of the festival - Robert De Niro
, Jane Rosenthal
, and Craig Hatkoff
- wanted to do something to address that problem. Since 2002, the festival has featured a variety of independent films including documentaries, narrative features, short films, and family-friendly films. Panel discussions are another highlight of the festival each year and feature talks with big personalities in the film world.
A Thriving Neighborhood
Tribeca has recovered and changed dramatically since the attacks of September 11. After just 10 years, the Tribeca Film Festival now draws over 3 million people to lower Manhattan for this huge event. In comparison to other film festivals, the Tribeca Film Festival is a star-studded event with celebrities from the worlds of art, film, and music all making appearances at screenings and other programs. Every year more than 1,300 volunteers give their time to make sure that a dynamic festival is presented to film enthusiasts from New York City and beyond.
For serious film buffs one of the highlights of the Tribeca Film Festival is the awards that are given out. Awards fall into a range of categories, including Best Narrative Feature
, Best New Narrative Filmmaker
, Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film
, Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film
, Best Documentary Feature
, Best New Documentary Filmmaker
, and even a category just for New Yorkers including the Best New York Narrative
and the Best New York Documentary
The Tribeca Film Festival is a great reason to plan a trip to New York City. Screenings and programs are spread out over the course of 11 days, allowing people from around the country several opportunities to spend a few days taking in the latest and greatest films. The cherry on top to this fantastic festival is a Tribeca vacation rental
in lower Manhattan. Why not discover why Robert DeNiro selected Tribeca as the neighborhood for this annual event? Tribeca is a safe, beautiful neighborhood full of restaurants, wine bars, galleries, and parks to explore.
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