Tribeca Film Festival ups Cusumano, unveils dates

The New York-set festival has elevated senior programmer Cara Cusumano (pictured) to the post of director of programming, and unveiled the dates and expansion of submission categories for the 16th edition.
August 15, 2016

The Tribeca Film Festival has elevated senior programmer Cara Cusumano (pictured) to the post of director of programming, effective immediately.

In her new role, Cusumano will be tasked with spearheading the New York City festival’s feature film and TV programming slate.

Cusumano will work alongside executive VP, Paula Weinstein; festival director, Genna Terranova; artistic director, Frederic Boyer; and VP of shorts, Sharon Badal. She will also work with the festival’s programming team that includes Liza Domnitz, features and online work; Loren Hammonds, virtual reality and features; Ian Hollander, features; Ben Thompson, shorts; and Tribeca Film Institute’s Ingrid Kopp, Storyscapes; and Opeyemi Olukemi, interactive.

Elsewhere, the Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled dates for its 16th edition: April 19 through April 30.

The festival has opened its submissions call across all programming areas, from feature films, short films, and its experiential storytelling – Storyscapes – program.

New this year, filmmakers working across the virtual reality, television, online and digital arenas will be able to submit projects to premiere at the festival. Previously, submissions had only been accepted for the film, Storyscapes and Tribeca X categories, the latter of which launched last year to celebrate branded storytelling.

Additionally, Tribeca will continue in its efforts to promote female filmmaking through The Nora Ephron Prize, which awards US$25,000 to a director whose work “embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer.”

“Tribeca is a forward thinking storytelling festival and we have been supporting work that goes beyond the big screen for many years,” said Terranova in a statement. “As the technology and tools proliferate in the creative community and new distribution models emerge we feel it is the right time to expand and support artists on these growing platforms in a broader way.”

Submissions for American and international filmmakers for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival open on September 6. Deadlines are as follows:

October 19: Early Deadline for feature and short films, TV and episodic storytelling, and new online work.
November 23: Official Entry Deadline A for feature films, TV and episodic storytelling, and new online work.
December 2: Official Entry Deadline B for short films and all experiential storytelling.
December 14: Late Entry Deadline for feature length world-premiere films only and TV and episodic work.
January 13, 2017: Early Deadline for Tribeca X award.
February 15, 2017: Official Deadline for Tribeca X award.

Submissions rules and regulations and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival are available here.

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