Tiring but inspiring is an accurate way of summing up the 12 day whirlwind that is the Tribeca Film Festival. Now that we’ve had some time to rest and recover, we’re going through our photos and videos and reliving some of the TFI highlights.
7 TFI-supported films and 1 VR project screened to sold out audiences, with TO DUST, our TFI Sloan Student grantee, taking home the award for Best New Narrative Director and the narrative Audience Award! Huge congrats to Shawn Snyder and the entire TO DUST team.
And speaking of Sloan, we had a blast hosting our annual TFI Sloan Screenplay Readings. A talented group of actors read scenes from THE GLOWING GENE, THE NEW MIRACLE, THE VALLEY OF THE DRY BONES and THE SPARK.
One of our favorite events of the year is TFI Network, our filmmaker/industry market presented by AT&T. We hosted 36 projects and 166 industry reps for a total of 1,120 meetings in just 2 days. Unbeknownst to our grantees, some of our industry partners had awards to give out at the end of the event. Congrats to LECHE for winning the Prep to Post grant from Light Iron and Panavision!
To unwind and celebrate, we hosted two memorable events. We decided to really go for it this year and hosted our Latin America Filmmaker Celebration at the Karaoke bar! It turns out our filmmakers are multi-talented creatives and blew us away on the mic.
We also hosted our annual Tribeca All Access celebration, bringing together our new grantees with our alumni to share stories, advice and a drink. Special thanks to Ondi Timoner, Nancy Schwartzman, PJ Raval and Marty Syjuco for helping us host the event and sharing a few words of inspiration.
Enough about the adults, one of the truly most heartwarming parts of TFI at TFF is our work with students. We held three special screenings of student-created work that got our kids out of the classroom and onto the red carpet. Our Tribeca Film Fellows screening and graduation was particularly special. These young filmmakers have spent the past year with TFI working on their creative projects and we were so proud of their hard work. It was truly inspiring to watch their films on the big screen amongst a huge crowd of family and friends.
Our board member and amazingly talented actor Jeffrey Wright, came out to host our Tribeca Teaches screening. Bus loads of students from NYC public schools got to walk the red carpet and see their classes’ films premiere at the festival.
We also hosted our annual competition for young New York filmmakers under the age of 21, Our City, My Story. 18 finalists were selected and top prizes went home with William Mun, Bronwen Wickstrom, Joey Schweitzer and Emilio Rios, our youngest winner at an impressive 14 years old!
We’re so grateful to our partners and donors that make these events possible! We’ll leave you with one of our favorite stories that we heard during the festival, from one of our TFI Network participants, Maria Abraham. Click on the image below to watch!