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Tribeca Film Festival Begins April 20, Launches New Online Initiative


The Tribeca Film Festival takes place at various locations in lower Manhattan. Photo courtesy of the Festival.

April 1, 2011 - The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off its annual celebration beginning on April 20 and running until May 1. Founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors and promotes New York City as a major filmmaking center.

This year’s Festival includes feature films from 32 different countries, selected from a prestigious pool of 5,624 submissions, a record number for the Festival. Among the “Made in NY” films that will be screened during the festival are:

Last Night: A happily married couple, played by Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington, are forced to make some tough choices when they find themselves apart for one evening.

Roadie: Starring Ron Eldard, a man returns home to Queens after twenty years on the road and contemplates his future in this “coming-of-middle-age” tale.

Newlyweds: Filmed in Tribeca, writer/director/actor Ed Burns chronicles modern marriage, following a newly married couple whose honeymoon comes to an end thanks to their meddlesome relatives.

This year’s Festival will also include free online film screenings, conversations and red carpet coverage for viewers nationwide. The pioneering digital initiative, Tribeca (Online) Film Festival, will allow domestic audiences to view feature and short films for free and worldwide audiences to engage with filmmakers and industry experts as TFF’s 10th edition runs concurrently in lower Manhattan.

Returning this year will be the Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series, which includes “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry,” “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble,” the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival panel, and new this year, in celebration of the tenth Festival, the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” featuring one-on-one conversations with acclaimed filmmakers, plus the premiere of five new documentary films and a one-of-a-kind videogame-film event.

Representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment were also on hand at the Apple Store on 14th Street on Friday, April 22 to share tips and resources with emerging filmmakers about shooting on location in New York City.

The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,100 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition, attracting an international audience of more than three million attendees. It has also generated an estimated $600 million in economic activity for New York City.

For more information about tickets, films and events, visit tribecafilmfestival.org.
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