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The Tribeca Film Festival was 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 Centermarker and the consequent loss of vitality in the TriBeCamarker neighborhood in Manhattan.

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 Citymarker as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.

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. Past artists of the Artists Awards program have included Chuck Close, Alex Katz, and Julian Schnabel.

History

The inaugural festival launched after 120 days of planning with the help of more than 1,300 volunteers and became a critical and popular success. It was attended by more than 150,000 people, generated more than $10.4 million in revenues for local merchants, and featured several up-and-coming filmmakers. The festival included juried narrative, documentary and short film competitions; a Restored Classics series; a Best of New York series curated by Martin Scorsese; 13 major panel discussions; an all-day Family Festival; and the premieres of studio films Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, About A Boy, the American remake of Insomnia, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as well as the American premiere of Spider-man 3.

The 2003 festival brought more than 300,000 people downtown and in excess of $50 million to the local economy. The festival showcased an expanded group of independent feature, documentaries and short film from around the world, coupled with studio premieres, panel discussions, music and comedy concerts, a family festival, sports activities, and outdoor "drive-in" movie screenings along the Hudson River. The family festival featured children's movie screenings, storytelling, family panels, workshops, and interactive games culminating in a daylong street fair that drew a crowd estimated at 250,000 people.

At the end of 2003, De Niro purchased the theatre which had housed the recently closed "Screening Room," an art house which had shown independent films nightly, renaming it the "Tribeca Cinema." It became one of the venues of the festival.

The festival is now run as a business by Tribeca Enterprises.

In an effort to serve its mission of bringing independent film to the widest possible audience, in 2006, the Festival expanded its reach in New York City and internationally. In New York City, Tribeca hosted screenings throughout Manhattan as the Festival's 1,000-plus screening schedule outgrew the capacity downtown. Internationally, the Festival brought films to the Rome Film Fest. As part of the celebrations in Rome, Tribeca was awarded the first ever "Steps and Stars" award, presented on the Spanish Stepsmarker.

Board Of Directors

The Boards of Tribeca Film Institute and Renew Media voted unanimously to approve the organizations merging. Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro will serve as co-chairs. Board members include Serena Altschul, Alberta Arthurs (Vice Chair), Peggy Charren, Robert De Niro (Co-Chair), Martin Edelman, Eli Evans, Craig Hatkoff, Lisa Hsia, Jennifer Maguire Isham, Brian Newman (CEO), Norman Pearlstine, Sam Pollard, Schott Rechler, Laurie Racine, John G. Roche, Jane Rosenthal (Co-Chair), N. Bird Runningwater, Martin Scorsese, Judy Tabb, Jonathan Tisch, Todd Wagner, Diana E. Williams, Jeffrey Wright.

2006 Tribeca Film Festival

In 2006, the Festival highlighted 15 feature-length screenings and four shorts programs and expanded to more screening locations in association with AMC Loews Theatres. A total of 169 feature films and 99 shorts were selected from 4,100 film submissions, including 1,950 feature submissions—three times the total submissions from the first festival in 2002. The festival featured 90 world premieres, nine international premieres, 31 North American Premieres, 6 U.S. Premieres, and 28 New York City premieres.

2009 Tribeca Film Festival, Doha, Qatar

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