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Friday, March 18, 2011

Top 10 Reasons To Go To The Tribeca Film Festival

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival from April 20-May 1 is almost underway and if you've never attended the festival or need a tiny reminder why you should come back again this year, here's 10 reasons why we think you should check it out:

10. It's in New York City.

It's located in the best city in the U.S.  Okay, for some that statement may be up for debate, but let's face it--NYC has it all; bright lights, showtunes, great food, and an annual festival that brings some of the biggest A-list celebrities and international talent from all over the world.

9. You may meet DeNiro.

Robert DeNiro co-founded the festival along with Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff  in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center.  DeNiro is very involved with the festival and throughout its run, DeNiro can be spotted at a number of events.  "You lookin for me?"  Bad joke...we know.

8. Impressive Sponsors.

This isn't just any other festival with mom and pop sponsors from the local deli or Bob's hardware store.  With big wig companies like American Express and Cadillac, expect to see some awesome perks that come with that type of sponsorship.  Not sure if you will get a free car, but you will get a pretty awesome festival gift pack!

7. An Insane Amount Of Movies Screened.

You can watch anything from 5 minute indie shorts to feature length mainstream films.  It's easy to spend an entire day watching movies from a variety of locations.  Check out a short film in Tribeca Cinemas off Varick St. or a movie premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in midtown.

6. All-Access.

Having a festival pass (depending on what type) gives you entry into events such as the filmmaker lounge, to family events for the kids, to an evening with drinks and appetizers at a hip downtown bar.  You pick your pleasure.

5. Tis The Season

The weather in late April and early May in NYC is at its peak. Meaning it's not too hot and not too cold. It's breezy easy weather that makes standing outside and waiting for tickets to a screening so much easier to cope with. It's the time of year right before summer hits, so you can still plan your summer getaway and it will not conflict with your festival schedule. It's right after Mardi Gras, so you have been able to get New Orleans out of your system. It takes place at the right time of year that makes you feel like it in fact is the season to be jolly---for watching movies. LOTS of em.

4. It's Two Whole Weeks!

Most film festivals last a week or even a weekend.  Tribeca gives festival attendees an opportunity to enjoy two whole weeks of its awesome goodness and the cool thing is, if you're not in town to enjoy the first week of the festival, there's always the second and vice-versa.

3. Festival Staff

You gotta give props to the guys that run this festival.  Some of the hardest working individuals are somehow able to pull out one of the biggest festivals in all of Hollywood.  From the guys doing hard labor in the distribution teams, to the sponsorship crew and let's not forget the volunteers that put in tons of hours to help prep the festival and make it run smoothly.  College students, film geeks, and industry locals all come out to help with the festival.

2. Ubiquity.

Many festivals take a place in a few theaters and a couple of venues.  Although the festival initially began in TriBeCa (Triangle Below Canal St.), which is located in downtown Manhattan, the festival has several screenings throughout the island from downtown to midtown and even uptown.  These events are happening all over Manhattan all at once, so it really gives the festival goer the opportunity to explore the great city of Manhattan and all its splendor.

1. Notoriety.

If you're a filmmaker, writer, or actor and your film is entered in this festival--the sky's the limit. The Tribeca seal alone on your film is going to give you the attention you deserve. You may leave the festival with a ton of voicemail messages from industry people wondering what just happened. Get prepared for fame. Filmmakers receive crazy perks too like video editing systems. You're almost treated like royalty.

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