Tribeca Film Festival is a film festival held in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, showcasing a diverse selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 2002 thanks to Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, and Craig Hatkoff, it has become a recognized outlet for independent filmmakers in all genres to release their work to a broad audience.
The Festival’s program line-up includes a variety of independent films including documentaries, narrative features and shorts, as well as a program of family-friendly films. Panel discussions with personalities in the entertainment world and a music lounge produced with ASCAP to showcase artists complement the festival with discourse, connections, and the convergence of film and music. One of the more distinctive components of the Festival is its Artists Awards program in which emerging and renowned artists celebrate filmmakers by providing original works of art that are given to the filmmakers’ competition winners.
As of 2010, the festival is run as a business by Tribeca Enterprises, which manages Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Studios, and non-profit offshoot the Tribeca Film Institute, with Jane Rosenthal CEO of the company since January, 2017.