A surer sign of spring these days than the cherry blossoms is the Tribeca Film Festival, which brought both excitement and summer temperatures to New York when it opened tonight with “Live from New York” by Bao Ngyen. In constant growth since the start in 2002, the festival seems to have made a leap this year both in number of films, and number of accreditations.
Picking up my Industry badge, I'm told 200 more delegates registered this year, and most feature length films are sold out. But the festival has prepared for a large number of visitors by choosing multiple floors at Spring Studios to host the filmmakers lounge, press and industry center, cocktail bar as well as public exhibitions and events. And there's some interesting evolvement in the program too:
- 34 documentaries will have their world premiere during the festival, which makes Tribeca a major documentary festival (see Indiewire's article here).
- 33% of the feature filmmakers are female this year, which is the highest percentage in festival history (see Tribeca's article here).
The new main movie theatre this year is the elegant Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 Movie Theatre located at 102 North End Avenue, and that's where I'll be tomorrow morning for the first screening.
Enjoy the festival!
PS Correction - over 300 more accredited badgeholders compared to 2014.