Tribeca Film Festival Returns to NYC

The coming weeks will bring the 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival back to New York City’s lower west side.

This year’s festival, which begins on April 19 and concludes on April 30, includes an expanded focus on television, with various series and season premieres happening throughout the festival. Also present is a virtual reality exhibit which has been vastly expanded from last year’s—now occurring every day of the festival, with a drastically increased number of experiences present in the “Festival Hub.”

With a broader range of focuses this year, organizers have decided to reduce the number of feature films at the festival by 20 percent. The still-sizeable list of 98 films appearing this year covers a broad range of topics, with “spotlight focuses” on both local and international narratives and documentaries.

“As a cultural festival, it is Tribeca’s mission and heritage to elevate the voices of some of the most exciting artists and storytellers working in contemporary film,” said Grace Lawton of the Press Office in a press release. “The wide range of topics explored include hot-button issues unfolding daily in the U.S. and around the world, portraits of complex and inspirational artists, stories of historical moments, and buoyant, clever films that are just plain fun.”

Returning at this year’s festival are the popular “Tribeca Talks” panels featuring discussions with actors and filmmakers on various topics. This year’s panels will include appearances by celebrities including Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, Kobe Bryant, and Barbara Streisand.

“An audience festival favorite, the Tribeca Talks series will once again allow access to entertainment legends across film, television, music, technology, and sports through a series of intimate talks and discussions,” said Timothy Crino, Tribeca’s Account Coordinator. “The program also features a new, live podcast series and the return of the free Tribeca Talks: Master Classes, which offer avid movie-goers and aspiring filmmakers access to experts in the fields of cinematography, production, and sound.”

The festival will close with back to back screenings of The Godfather Parts I & II, followed by a panel discussion with Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, and James Caan.

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