After 12 days filled with film and television screenings, pioneering immersive and virtual reality experiences, momentous reunions and talks, concerts, and game debuts the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today announced an estimated attendance of more than 140,000 people to 564 screenings and Talks, the Virtual Arcade and Tribeca Cinema360, and games with an additional 1,850,000 people participating in 11 talks from afar via Facebook Live.
From April 18 – April 29, the Festival presented 99 features, 55 short films, 35 immersive storytelling projects, 20 television projects, and 12 N.O.W. (New Online Work) projects representing 46 countries. Tribeca hosted 34 Tribeca Talks, including Tribeca Talks: TIME’S UP – A Day of Conversation and Action.
This year, 46% of the feature films were directed by women, the highest percentage in the Festival’s history.
Below are highlights and clip handouts of conversations, interviews, and select moments from the Festival.
FILM / TV / VR PROJECT SALES
As the Festival wraps, four of the films available for acquisition and one VR project have announced distribution deals, with additional offers on the table and deals to be announced soon.
- Zoe (World Premiere) directed by Drake Doremus, was bought by Amazon Prime for rights including U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Italy, Australia and New Zealand and will release this summer.
- Songwriter (North American Premiere) directed by Murray Cummings, was bought by Apple for worldwide rights for theatrical and digital.
- The Night Eats The World (North American Premiere) directed by Dominique Rocher, was bought by Blue Fox Entertainment for North American rights.
- Daughter of Mine (North American Premiere) directed by Laura Bispuri, bought by Strand Releasing for North American rights.
- TV docu miniseries Staircase (World Premiere) directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, had new episodes of the series bought by Netflix to release this summer.
- The VR project Vestige (World Premiere) from lead creator Aaron Bradbury was bought by U.K.-based distributor Other Set for a spring 2019 release.
The 2018 Festival opened with Love, Gilda about trailblazing comedian Gilda Radner.
While constantly exploring the future of film, Tribeca paid tribute to the past with special reunion events that celebrated the 35th anniversary of Scarface and the 25th anniversary of Schindler’s List. The Festival celebrated the 25th anniversary of New York indie gem In the Soupwith the World Premiere of its 4k restoration.
The Festival closed with director Liz Garbus’ The Fourth Estate, th first part of Showtime’s new four-part documentary, which gives an inside look at The New York Times as they tracked Trump’s first year in office.
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