NEW YORK – The Tribeca Film Festival It said Monday that it plans to hold its 20th edition in person this June and with open-air screenings spread across all five New York boroughs.
The spring festival, canceled last year due to the pandemic, will move into summer for its next edition, which will span 12 days starting June 9. Tribeca will screen films at outdoor venues throughout the city, including Battery, Hudson Yards, Pier 57 Rooftop, Brookfield Place, MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn, and Empire Outlets in Staten Island. The festival will also use a 40-foot mobile HD screen in other areas.
“The Tribeca Film Festival was born out of our mission to bring people together after 9/11. We’re still doing it, “said Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro.” And as New York emerges from the shadow of COVID-19, it seems right to bring people together in person for our 20th anniversary festival. “
Tribeca has gradually expanded the footprint of its annual festival, which extends beyond its namesake downtown. It has hosted open-air drive-in screenings on city streets, something that expanded nationally last year in a series of drive-ins held across the country showing classic movies.
Major film festivals, such as the Berlin International Film Festival and the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, have so far turned to virtual editions. (Last year, Tribeca also put a small section of movies online.) But with the rise in vaccines and the potential seasonality of the virus, summer looks more promising for the world’s major film festivals. France’s Cannes Film Festival, usually held in May, aims for an in-person festival in July.
Tribeca’s plans were made in concert with the initiative, NY PopsUp, which is working to bring back live entertainment. Tribeca organizers and supporters hope this year’s festival will help fuel the revitalization of the city.
“This year, the festival is once again focusing on the resilience and creativity of our city, and as we have done from the beginning, Bloomberg is pleased to support this great tradition, which will once again help lift the spirit of our city, ”said former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, a regular Tribeca supporter.