2021 Tribeca Festival is scheduled to take place this year as an outdoor 20th anniversary event from June 9-20.
The multi-screen, Covid protocol-compliant festival will span all New York boroughs and is the culmination of New York state’s NY PopsUp initiative to bring back live entertainment after more than a year of closures due to the pandemic.
The following venues have been confirmed to take part: Brookfield Place New York, Pier 57 Rooftop, The Battery, Hudson Yards in Manhattan; Empire Outlets in Staten Island, and The MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn.
Tribeca Festival will host community screenings in the boroughs using several 40-foot state-of-the-art mobile LED cinemas, which organisers said were the first mobile HD screens in the country.
The line-up will feature films, immersive exhibitions, games, concerts and a commemoration of the Juneteenth holiday, which will fall on closing night for the first time. Signature screenings including opening and closing night selections will be announced at a later date.
Festival heads said 2021 Tribeca Festival would be the first major North American film festival to be held in person since Covid-19. Toronto International Film Festival staged an in-person element as part of its hybrid event last September.
“The Tribeca Film Festival was born out of our mission to bring people together in the aftermath of 9/11,” said co-founder Robert De Niro. “We’re still doing it. And as New York emerges from the shadow of Covid-19, it seems just right to bring people together again in-person for our 20th anniversary festival.”
“Tribeca is a community of the most resilient and talented storytellers on the planet,” added Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival.
“In 20 years, our community of creators and partners have become a family. This summer we are excited to reunite as Tribeca becomes a centerpiece of live entertainment in neighborhoods across New York City.”