Students Connect with Tribeca Filmmakers at 2014 Festival

Students interact with Tribeca filmmakers. Photo courtesy of Julia Schmidt.

May 5, 2014 - The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival finished off its 13th edition with a week and a half of screenings and events and numerous opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors to learn about filmmaking. Aspiring young filmmakers and local students eager to know more about the ins and outs of the film industry got to meet a handful of filmmakers with projects at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival as part of “Made in NY” Tribeca Connection. Organized by the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment and the Tribeca Film Festival, the free educational event took place on April 15 at Tribeca Cinemas.

Students and graduates of the “Made in NY” PA Training Program and the Tribeca Film Institute’s Film Fellows were on hand to meet each other, learn about the production industry and festival circuit and gain helpful tools and resources to develop their careers. Among the filmmakers who shared their experiences of working in the industry were writer, director and actor Ryan Piers Williams (X/Y), writer, director and producer Johanna Hamilton (1971) and writer/director Garrett Bradley (Below Dreams). 

The annual event brings aspiring filmmakers together to speak with directors
and producers with projects at the festival. Photo courtesy of Julia Schmidt.

Also as part of the festival, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment was on hand for the Tribeca Film Festival Family Day. Staffers answered questions about filming in the City and gave out postcards about the agency’s initiatives. Throughout the day, industry professionals demonstrated their crafts to attendees. Make up artist Christopher Milone of Local 798 applied make up on a volunteer while later musicians from Local 802 played classic songs from films. Editor James Sanders also discussed the history of film and TV production in New York City and signed copies of the recently revised and expanded edition of Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York City. Books and “Made in NY” t-shirts were also available for purchase on-site from CityStore.

All told, from April 16 through 27, the Festival hosted nearly 400 screenings and panels with more than 400,000 people attending screenings, panels, talks and free community events. A total of 89 features and 57 short films from 40 countries were screened for more than 120,000 movie-goers and panel attendees during the course of the 12-day Festival. 

"Made in NY" t-shirts were sold at Family Day. Photo courtesy
of the Tribeca Film Festival.

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