Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Tribeca Film Festival 2013

17th – 28th April

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 Tribeca Film Festival Overview & Interview


Festival Director Geoff Gilmore


By: TC Rice 6th May 2013


The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival was held in New York City at the end of April. Since its inception in 2002 when it was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff when its first goal was to bring people back to “downtown” , to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. It has grown to be, as Festival Director Geoff Gilmore says, “a New York event, not just Tribeca.” Over the years the Festival has screened over 1,400 films from over 80 countries and remains devoted to promoting independent and alternative films.


As with most festivals there were the de-rigueur red carpet screenings, movie stars, directors/filmmakers from around the world and at all levels. Jam packed into 12 days of back-to-back screenings of shorts, feature narratives, documentaries as well as, events, and conferences. Gilmore says that as good and improved as the Festival becomes over previous years he is “never entirely happy, it can always get better, depending on the quality of programming available.”


Gilmore went on to say that he would like to see more “strong American work, but that is problematic as it can be erratic and is in the eye of the beholder.” Indicating, that Tribeca is subject to the same issues as all other festivals in that one can only program the best of what is submitted, and one never knows, in any given year, what the quality of those films will be.


Tribeca, said Gilmore, “is about three things: the Films both from independents and from established distributors. Discovery and Innovation, and the Community.”  Under the category of “Discovery and Innovation” he specified that he meant not only the discovery of films and filmmakers, but the discovery of the innovations in the industry such as the trans-media industries such as gaming and the progress being made in all media that are essentially rooted in the filmmaking process.


Prior to the Tribeca Film Festival Geoff Gilmore spent 19 years as Director of the Sundance Film Festival, and is a member of the UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Producers Program Faculty, among other things. Whatever his background, Tribeca has become a festival in the upper tiers of North American film festivals under his guidance and is well worth keeping an eye on in the future.