Tribeca Film Institute’s Events at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Institute’s (TFI) presence at Tribeca Film Festival isn’t limited to TFI- supported films that are screening. Take a look to learn more about the rich variety of educational and filmmaker development programming we offer throughout the year and how it all culminates in exciting screenings, meetings, and presentations during the Festival.

Open to the Public

Our City My Story Thur. April 21st, 6pm, Regal Cinemas BTC9-7 See films made by some of the brightest young filmmakers, 21 years old and younger, in New York City. The films will compete for awards in the scripted, documentary, and experimental genres. RSVP to

TFI Interactive April 16, 11am – 9pm, Spring Studios - 50 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013 TFI Interactive is a day-long event exploring innovative storytelling, technology, and media in this ever-changing digital space. The day is composed of three components: Conference, Playground, and MakerSpace. Listen to thought leaders from the world of story, tech, and activism; play with exciting projects; and engage with one of the most electrifying areas of the entertainment world. This event is sold out.

Open to Invited Industry and Press

We offer the following private events to the students and filmmakers with whom we work year-round.

Tribeca Community Screening Series (Wednesday April 20) The Community Screening Series is a public initiative through which TFI holds free screenings of independent films across various communities and civic spaces to encourage dialogue, introspection, and social action. Film screenings are held in community and public housing centers, religious institutions, and prisons. These screenings are coordinated with community leaders, filmmakers, and other local stakeholders. In addition, we offer educational tools in the form of film study guides that can be used by teachers and facilitators.

This year the Festival will feature the educational premiere of THE RETURN, a poignant documentary film that explores the lives of key stakeholders in the vast landscape of mass incarceration. The film weaves the narratives of former inmates, their families, attorneys, trial judges who wrestle with untested laws, and reentry providers who negotiate unfathomable transitions. 

Tribeca Film Fellows® Alumni Screening (Friday, April 15) Tribeca Film Fellows is a year-round fellowship program for young filmmakers. The program includes development of a personal creative project, panel discussions, and workshops, mentoring by Festival film directors, screenings, and special events. This event will be a screening of select films from our Film Fellows alumni spanning the years 2012-2015. Q&A follows the screening. 

Tribeca Teaches® Screening (Tuesday, April 19) Tribeca Teaches is a year-round TFI program that offers opportunities for students and teachers to explore filmmaking through theory and practice. Classroom teachers are paired with teaching artists to design and implement filmmaking curricula. The program provides students with an immersive opportunity, learning the media-making skills to write and produce their own stories. This event will be a screening of the films made by students who participated in the program over the past year.

The America I Am (Thursday, April 21) TFI and Statue of Liberty National Monument will be hosting the inaugural premiere of The America I Am, a national youth film competition honoring the next generation of storytellers and their American experiences. The five finalists and their films will be celebrated at a screening event and luncheon at the Festival.

TFI Network Market (Monday, April 18; Tuesday, April 19) Each year TFI gathers grantees from across our funds in New York City for two days of curated meetings with members of industry. This market, called TFI Network, matches filmmakers with people who can help their projects in a variety of ways – from funding to distribution to marketing

Sloan Works-In-Progress Readings Friday, April 22, 2pm This event is an exclusive preview performance of scenes from the 2016 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund and Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize screenplays. Presented by Tribeca Film Institute and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, it is directed by Paul Schneider and showcases notable actors. Space is limited. Please RSVP at