The Tribeca Film Festival is one of the most important film festivals of today, where many talented, aspiring moviemakers are given a chance to express themselves and show their work to the world.
The festival started in 2002, when it was founded by Robert De Niro (among others), as a response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In the attacks, the neighborhood of Tribeca in New York was seriously affected, and the decision to form a festival was a way to contribute to the rebuilding and reinvigorating the Tribeca community. Just as its missions was to rebuild the Tribeca community, the festival also wanted to rebrand New York (and Manhattan) as one of the most important film centers in the world, and to celebrate New York’s cultural and, especially, cinematic legacy.
The program of the Festival is much diversified, as it includes documentaries, narrative feature and short films, and a variety of other types of films. There are also different kinds of panels, where moviemakers and audiences alike have the opportunity to discuss the film industry and new ways in which it develops or can develop. The festival proved to be very lucrative and successful, generating millions of dollars and drawing millions of people in the audience.
The first festival was planned in around three months, and it managed to attract over 150, 000 people in the audience; later on, the festival grew bigger and bigger, drawing more and more people as the years went on. Another interesting thing about the festival is that it includes a lot of programs for the family, such as storytelling sessions, various family panels, and film screenings for children’s movies, which enables it to broaden up to many generations.
The Tribeca Film Festival screens both independent and mainstream movies, and it is often the place where many important movies of the year see their premiere. Over the years, the festival incorporated a lot of venues, such as cinemas of the neighborhood, into its official programs, and many important places of the Tribeca community became an integral part of the festival and its legacy.