The Tribeca Film Festival has today announced via press release that select programming originally intended for the cancelled event will be available online during the originally scheduled festival dates April 15-April 26.
The 19th edition of the festival was cancelled in March in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has caused mass disruptions around the world, with Tribeca just one of many festivals to be cancelled or postponed.
A quote from representatives of the festival speaks of the importance of releasing content during these times and adapting to them:
While the dates for the main festival are to be announced, Tribeca continues to support filmmakers and creators that embody the Festival’s innovative spirit. Since its inception, Tribeca has explored different forms of storytelling and ways to connect with audiences. This online program is the latest iteration of that commitment. Now, more than ever, audiences are looking for great stories and entertainment.
Included in the press release is the list of programs which will be available online:
- Tribeca Immersive’s Cinema360
- Jury and Art Awards
- N.O.W. Creators Market
- Industry Extranet Resource Hub
- Tribeca X Awards
Finalists for the X Awards can be found from today, here. Short film finalists include “The Birdman,” “Carlos,” “Forged in Flint,” “Pay Day” and “Wake Up,” the latter of which is directed by Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”) and stars Margaret Qualley (“Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”). Danny Boyle, Lucas Hedges, Pamela Adlon and Regina Hall are among the “creative community joining the jury.”
Tribeca has already had a handful of initiatives to keep film lovers busy, including ‘A Short Film A Day Keeps Anxiety Away,’ ‘Soundtrack Sunday’ and the ‘#TribecaTakeOutChallenge,’ the latter of which is “an Instagram call-to-action campaign to inspire people to support their local restaurants while watching their favorite film. ”
It’s a bold step from Tribeca and one that will be music to the ears of festival-goers who were disappointed to be missing out on these selected programs originally.
Films that had been originally scheduled to premiere at Tribeca include Mary Wharton’s documentary “Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President,” which was set open the festival before its unfortunate postponement.