Tribeca Spotlight

Tribeca Spotlight

Tribeca Film Festival opens this week and will run from 19 April to 30 April. For its 16th edition, the festival compiles a dynamic slate of films that showcases the breadth of contemporary filmmaking across a range of styles. In keeping with its previous programmes, Tribeca 2017 will be comprised of Competition, including US Narrative, Documentary, and International Narrative categories; Spotlight, supported by The Lincoln Motor Company, a selection of anticipated premieres from major talent; Viewpoints, which recognises distinct voices in international and American independent filmmaking; and the popular Midnight Section, supported by EFFEN® Vodka, featuring the best in psychological thriller, horror, sci-fi, and cult cinema. The festival’s team of programmers, led by Cara Cusumano in her new role as Director of Programming and Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer, have curated an edgy, entertaining and provocative line-up.

A total of 98 feature-length films from 28 countries will screen this April – a selective and reduced number, which ensures the most focused festival slate to date. 78 of these will be World Premieres, and there will be six International Premieres, six North American Premieres, two US Premieres, and six New York Premieres.The Competition section features 32 films including 12 documentaries, 10 US narratives and 10 international narratives. Elsewhere, the Spotlight Narrative section features 15 fiction films, while 16 nonfiction films will premiere in the Spotlight Documentary section. The Midnight section features five heart-stopping narratives and one documentary premiere.

In honour of Earth Day, which falls during the festival-run on 22 April, Tribeca programmers have decided to highlight documentaries that focus on critical and timely issues that have an impact on our planet, including climate change, food waste and animal extinction. This will be reflected in other sections of the festival programming as well, in particular VR and Tribeca N.O.W.

This year, the films in competition will compete for cash prizes totaling $160,000, as well as artwork from the Artists Awards programme. Sponsored by CHANEL, the roster of contemporary artists participating in the festival’s 16th edition include Urs Fischer, Walton Ford, John Giorno, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Jorge Pardo, R.H. Quaytman, Sterling Ruby, Aurel Schmidt, Ryan Sullivan, as well as longtime supporter Stephen Hannock. These practitioners will each donate a piece of their art to be given as an award to the winning filmmakers.

The festival will also screen 57 thought-provoking short films in competition, including 36 world premieres. The selected shorts, 40% of which were directed by women, and include filmmakers from every corner of the globe, were curated from a record 4,385 submissions. They will be presented in 10 competition programmes, consisting of five narrative, four documentary, and, for the second year, one animated programme. Tribeca hosts several first-time documentary shorts programmes this year including S.O.S., which focuses on kindness to each other and planet Earth, and Surf’s Up!, which will have an extended Q&A following the premiere with the filmmakers and their subjects.

Tribeca Talks invites attendees to be a part of intimate conversations between some of today’s most sought-after creative forces. This year’s line-up of panels and discussions feature a variety of filmmakers, artists and entertainers including Noah Baumbach, Kathryn Bigelow, Kobe Bryant, Common, Lena Dunham, Jon Favreau, and Bruce Springsteen, as well as previously announced participants Alejandro González Iñárritu and Barbra Streisand.

Tribeca will open with the world premiere of the feature length documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Radio City Music Hall. The premiere will be followed by a special concert featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more, taking opening night beyond the screen to honour the legendary music executive and producer. Closing the festival will be a 45th anniversary screening of The Godfather on 29 April. The Godfather and The Godfather Part II will play back-to-back at Radio City Music Hall, followed by a panel discussion with Academy Award®-winning director Francis Ford Coppola and actors Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro.

Tribeca Film Festival, 19 April – 30 April, venues across New York.

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1. Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis in the former’s Beverly Hills Home in 1981. Courtesy of Tribeca.