The Tribeca Film Festival will be celebrating its 17th year in 2018, and will return to New York from April 18th through April 29, 2018. As part of a new multi-year collaboration, creators will be able to submit their feature and short films to the 2018 festival through Withoutabox. The new relationship with Withoutabox continues Tribeca’s ongoing mission to empower storytellers with the opportunities and tools to bring their stories to life.
The 2018 Festival is set to build on the momentum from last year’s edition, last year the event saw a record setting attendance, as well as featured the highest percentage of film sales to distributors. The 2017 line-up made major cultural headlines from reunions like The Godfather and Reservoir Dogs, and featured Tribeca Immersive’s popular Virtual Arcade and Storyscapes programming.
For the second year, the Tribeca X Award celebrated the best in branded storytelling from artist-brand collaborations. The 2017 Tribeca Talks’ Directors Series and Storytellers brought Barbra Streisand, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Hanks together for once-in-a-lifetime conversations, and we are looking forward to this year’s announcement in the coming months. Tribeca TV world premiered new series including Emmy nominees The Handmaid’s Tale and Genius, in addition to introducing audiences to new shows such as The Sinner and debuting the latest seasons of fan favorites like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The inaugural Tribeca Games Festival premiered to sold-out crowds with the first-ever crowd play of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Episode 1, a concert with British electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa, and keynotes with some of the top game creators, including legendary creator Hideo Kojima.
“Following a banner year that saw record high submissions across all of our festival programs, it’s clear there is more exciting work being created in more different ways and on more different platforms than ever before,” said Tribeca Director of Programming Cara Cusumano. “Withoutabox is the perfect partner to help further our film submissions and we eagerly look forward to seeing what our endlessly surprising creators bring us in 2018.”
“Withoutabox is home to the top filmmakers and film festivals in the world, and our mission is to provide filmmakers with unparalleled opportunities to share their projects with a global audience,” said Matt Kumin, Head of Withoutabox, IMDbPro and Box Office Mojo. “The Tribeca Film Festival is one of the most important festivals in the world and we are thrilled they have selected Withoutabox to be their exclusive third party film submissions service beginning with the highly anticipated 2018 film festival.”
Submissions will open September 5 for all sections of the Festival – feature and short films, TV, Immersive, N.O.W. (New Online Work) and the Tribeca X Award. Filmmakers can submit a film for consideration via Withoutabox and VR, episodic, online storytelling, and branded storytelling can be submitted directly to tribecafilm.com.
The Festival is curated by the programming team including Director of Programming Cara Cusumano, Artistic Director Frederic Boyer; VP of Shorts Sharon Badal; Liza Domnitz (features, TV, and online work); Loren Hammonds (virtual reality and features); Ian Hollander (features); Ben Thompson (shorts); Mara Webster (talks), and Ingrid Kopp (Storyscapes), program advisors Paula Weinstein and Tammie Rosen, and a team of associate programmers.
The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. With strong roots in independent film, the annual event has evolved into a destination for creativity, reimagines the cinematic experience, and explores how art can unite communities.