A Short History Of The Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival returns this year with both in person and virtual offerings for the event’s 20th anniversary, taking place from June 9th through June 20th. What is the festival all about? Read on.

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff. Planned in just 120 days, the inaugural event was planned following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and  aimed to aid in the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan, where Tribeca is located. The New York-based event hosts hundreds of screenings each year and, in a non-Covid world, welcomes attendees from all over the world. The festival wraps up with 20+ juried awards.


The first Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 featured the premieres of such films as Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, About A Boy, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Since the inaugural event, the festival has grown in both scope and attendees. In addition to films, the festival features television/episodic series, educational talks, interviews, live music, games, and family-oriented events. Events are now held throughout New York City and even takes films to international festivals.

This year’s festival offers both in-person and at-home options. To learn more, visit https://tribecafilm.com/festival.

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