The 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 17-28 in lower Manhattan, and it brings together film fanatics and filmmakers from the world over. But what if you’re one of the unlucky folks who can’t make it to New York City in a couple weeks for the cinematic festivities. Well, Tribeca Film Festival has you covered: film fans in the United States will be able to experience the festival with video-on-demand offerings, the Tribeca Online Festival, and the #6SECFILMS Vine Competition.
During the festival’s run, four films from the lineup—What Richard Did, Greetings from Tim Buckley, Fresh Meat, and The English Teacher—will be released nationwide via video on demand. Additionally, the Tribeca Online Festival will offer free streaming of feature-length and short films, including Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution, Lil Bub & Friendz, Farah Goes Bang, RPG OKC, Delicacy, The Exit Room, and A Short Film About Guns. Online viewers can vote for the best feature and short films, with the winners receiving $16,000.
A new digital initiative at this year’s festival includes the launch of the #6SECFILMS Vine Competition. Filmmakers can submit in one of four categories—#genre, #auteur, #animate and #series—using both the category hashtag and #6SECFILMS. Shortlists in each category will be viewable for the public on April 17 and will compete for cash prizes of $600. Submissions are now open through midnight on April 7. Winners will be announced by the Tribeca Online Festival on April 26.
“We are always looking for ways to expand our community and engage new audiences,” said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. “For the past three years, viewers nationwide have been able to take in a selection of Festival films and activities, even if they aren’t able to make it to Tribeca. This year we have expanded the opportunity for the public to participate in the Festival not just as observers, but also as creators through our first ever Vine competition, which is open to anyone with an imagination and a Vine app.” It’s hard to imagine these new initiatives will be anything other than a success, and one can hope that other major film festivals will open up opportunities for those who can’t travel to Park City or Cannes to participate in the love of emerging cinema.
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