The Tribeca Film Festival has grown rapidly since its founding in 2002 into one of the premier film festivals in the country, one that is recognized all over the world. It is estimated that the film festival now averages three million people in attendance and 600 million dollars in revenue annually.
The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival will screen hundreds to thousands of selections from various different categories including short and feature length films as well as short and feature length documentaries. The film festival will also offer a variety of panel discussions as well as screenings of such classic films as The Goonies and Jaws, many of which are free and open to the public.
Panels for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival will include a conversation with Actor Robert Deniro and Director/Producer Jud Apatow as well as an interview of filmmaker Michael Moore conducted by actress Susan Sarandon.
Out of the large amount of films that will be screening in and out of competition are two feature films not to be missed; Polisse, directed by Maïwenn, and Knife Fight, directed by Bill Guttentag.
Polisse concerns a group of French police officers working for the police department’s juvenile protection unit. The film deals with the struggles of balancing the emotional and physical stress of their jobs with their private lives. The film is raw and documentary-like, and has been compared to the HBO series The Wire in its emotional intensity and politics.
Knife Fight comes from Bill Guttenberg, who has won two Oscars for his short documentaries and has been nominated for two feature documentaries. In Knife Fight, he tackles American Politics using Rob Lowe and Carrie-Ann Moss in a biting satire on the process of running for office.
The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival lasts from April 18 through April 29.