The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff and presented by AT&T, is pleased to announce that more than 400,000 people attended screenings, panels, talks and free community events offered by the festival – including the Tribeca Drive-In® series, Family Festival Street Fair, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day, as well as the first-ever Tribeca Innovation Week featuring the Storyscapes installation at the BOMBAY SHAPPHIRE® House of Imagination, the Future of Film series, Games for Change, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, Tribeca Hacks <Mobile>, and TFI Interactive.
From April 16 through 27, the Festival hosted nearly 400 screenings and panels with more than 95% attendance. A total of 89 features and 57 short films from 40 countries were screened for more than 120,000 movie-goers and panel attendees during the course of the 12-day Festival. For the first time ever, thanks to AT&T, an entire day of film screening tickets were free through the “Film for All Friday” program, and over 8,000 tickets were issued compliments of our generous sponsor for the screenings on April 25th.
Additionally, audiences from across the country received front row access to exclusive Tribeca content through the fifth annual Tribeca Online Festival (TOF), which returned with free streaming of a selection of four features and four shorts. TOF also hosted the juried #6SECFILMS Competition for a second year, along with the new Tribeca Interactive & Interlude: A Music Film Challenge in collaboration with The Lincoln Motor Company via Genero.tv which invited storytellers to create interactive music films for Damon Albarn, Aloe Blacc and Ellie Goulding. New to the Festival this year was Tribeca N.O.W, which celebrated New Online Work from independent storytellers who choose to create and share their work in the online space.
The free community events returned with the Tribeca Drive-In® movie series on the Hudson River, which featured the classic Mary Poppins, now 50 years old, followed by a 30th Anniversary screening of Ron Howard’s Splash, and a screening of the documentary Next Goal Wins. Despite the unseasonably cold weather, more than 3,200 visitors came out for the free, outdoor films and participated in activities, including a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” spelling contest, Samoan drumming, face painting, and soccer games.
Even on a rainy Saturday afternoon, an estimated crowd of 275,000 enjoyed the signature Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day on April 26. This event included the Games for Change Public Arcade, the Million Dollar Arm pitching contest, and live performances from the casts of Broadway shows that included Wicked, Rocky, Motown: The Musical, and Rock of Ages.
Other memorable festival highlights include:
Performances by music legends such as Nas, Bob Weir, Aloe Blacc, Damon Albarn, Devonte Hynes, and Snow Patrol.
Performances by Jazz luminaries Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove, Jon Batiste, and young prodigy Justin Kauflin to celebrate the world premiere of Keep On, Keepin’ On.
The Amazing Randi, the subject of An Honest Liar, performed magic tricks following each of his Festival screenings.
Appearances by legendary athletes including Allen Iverson, Greg LeMond, and New York Knicks icons Phil Jackson, Dick Barnett, and Cazzie Russell.