On April 21st filmmakers and movie lovers from around the globe will pour into downtown Manhattan to SoHo’s sister neighborhood Tribeca for the 9th annual Tribeca Film Festival. The usual stellar lineup of films to be exhibited at this year’s festival was released yesterday. The highlight from the list comes in the form of a new Shrek film, Shrek Forever After, to premiere world wide at the festival. Official festival dates are April 21st through May 2nd.
Founded in 2002 by�Jane Rosenthal,�Robert De Niro and�Craig Hatkoff in a response to the�September 11, 2001 attacks on the�World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the�TriBeCa neighborhood, the mission of the�film 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.
With over 250 films and 1,000+ screenings in both 2006 and 2007, the Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the most prominent film festivals in the world. The Festival’s program line-up offers moviegoers a wide 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 up and coming artists. One of the more distinctive components of the Festival is its Artists Awards program where emerging and renowned artists celebrate filmmakers by providing original works of art that are given to the filmmakers competition winners.
As in past years, SoHo, residing just north of Canal street from the main screening venue, provides many after party hot spots for the festival celebrities, guests, and elites. Stay tuned into our blog for continuing TFF coverage of the festival itself and the happenings around the area.