Tribeca Film Festival reveals online line-up

The Russian Winter (pictured), a doc about musician John Forté's Russian concert tour, and Town of Runners are among four feature films screening as part of the 2012 Tribeca Online Film Festival.
April 9, 2012

Organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival have unveiled a program features and shorts that will comprise the online component of this year’s event.

Now in its third year, the Tribeca Online Film Festival will stream four features, including two documentaries, and five short films shortly after their festival premieres for a limited time and for a limited number of viewers. Select events will also be recorded and posted online, including a panel marking Universal Studios 100th anniversary that will feature actors Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, and filmmaker Judd Apatow.

The initiative is part of a growing number of interactive programs that includes Hot Docs Live and PBS Online Film Festival, which festivals and broadcasters have been employing to broaden audiences.

The documentary features screening as part of the Tribeca Online Film Festival are The Russian Winter (pictured above), director Petter Ringbom’s film about musician John Forté’s 2008 Russian tour; and Town of Runners, director Jerry Rothwell’s look at a rural Ethiopian town that has birthed numerous Olympic champion long-distance runners.

The sole doc in the shorts program is CatCam, in which director Seth Keal chronicles a German engineer who develops a special camera to find out what his cat does when it disappears for days on end.

Online viewers will be able to vote for the Best Tribeca Online Feature Film and Best Tribeca Online Short Film prizes, which are worth US$10,000 and $6,000 respectively. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 26.

The Tribeca Film Festival takes place from April 18-29 in New York City.

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