Tribeca Film Festival’s 20th edition will usher in the return of live events with plans to bring attendees together in-person this June.
The 12-day, multi-screen outdoor festival — running June 9 to 20 — will host community screenings across New York City boroughs at venues such as Empire Outlets (Staten Island) and The MetroTech Commons (Brooklyn), as well as notable New York City spots like Brookfield Place New York, Pier 57 Rooftop, The Battery, Hudson Yards (Manhattan).
In addition to the venues, screenings will also take place in boroughs including the Bronx and Queens using traveling 40-foot LED cinemas.
This year’s event will feature immersive exhibitions, games, concerts and a commemoration of the Juneteenth holiday, which will fall on Closing Night for the first time.
Organizers are working together with the New York State Department of Health to ensure all public gatherings follow COVID-19 safety protocols. Signature screenings including opening and closing nights, as well as further programming, are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.
“Tribeca is a community of the most resilient and talented storytellers on the planet. In 20 years, that community of creators and our partners have become a family,” Jane Rosenthal, co-Founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and the Tribeca Festival, said in a statement. “This summer we are excited to reunite as Tribeca becomes a centerpiece of live entertainment in neighborhoods across New York City.”
“The Tribeca Film Festival was born out of our mission to bring people together in the aftermath of 9/11. We’re still doing it,” Robert De Niro, co-Founder of the Tribeca Festival, added. “And as New York emerges from the shadow of COVID-19, it seems just right to bring people together again in-person for our 20th anniversary festival.”
TFF was one of the first industry events to pull the plug in the wake of COVID-19. The festival’s 2020 edition, initially scheduled for April, had been postponed following a ban on gatherings imposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. It eventually went forward as a virtual event.
In December, Tribeca strengthened its programming team with the addition of José F. Rodriguez and Karen McMullen, tapped to work closely alongside festival director and VP of programming Cara Cusumano for the 2021 festival.
Photo courtesy Tribeca Film Festival/Overland Entertainment