Source: Courtesy of Tribeca Festival


For the first time more than half of Tribeca Festival’s competition selections have been directed by women, the festival said as it announced the entire line-up on Tuesday.

Some 19 films or 68% of the 28-strong competition line-up hail from women, while 39 or 36% are directed by BIPOC filmmakers, including two Indigenous filmmakers. Overall 109 features will screen at the New York festival from June 7-18.

US Narrative Competition selections include world premieres of Shelly Yo’s Smoking Tigers, about a Korean American girl navigating an elite high school, and Monica Sorelle’s portrait of the Haitian community in Miami in Mountains.

Among the International Narrative Competition entries are Anna Roller’s Italy-set road movie Dead Girls Dancing (Ger-Fr) and Finnish filmmaker Katja Gauriloff’s drama Je’vida. In Documentary Competition are Maria Fredriksson’s sister mystery The Gullspång Miracle, (Swe-Nor-Den), and Zoe McIntosh’s profile of an MMA fighter in Stylebender (NZ, pictured).

Screening in Spotlight Narrative are world premieres of Michael Shannon’s feature directorial debut Eric LaRue, about the aftermath of a shocking crime, as well as Jennifer Esposito’s mafia drama Fresh Kills, Alice Troughton’s UK master and protégé drama The Lesson starring Richard E. Grant, Julie Delpy, and Daryl McCormack, and David Duchovny’s feature directing debut Bucky F*cking Dent, a father-son story set against the backdrop of baseball fandom.

An expanded Midnight offering brings Escape From Tribeca, a psychotronic sidebar presenting genre movies from across the globe, including the world premiere of Om Raut’s big-budget Indian Ramayana epic Adipurush starring Prabhas and Kriti Sanon, and the 50th anniversary screening of Enter The Dragon.

For the third year, Tribeca Festival continues its commemoration of Juneteenth through the Expressions Of Black Freedom programme, which includes a festival-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, and world premiere of All Up In The Biz, a documentary about New York hip-hop legend Biz Markie.

The second annual Human/Nature Award to amplify a film that best exemplifies solution-oriented environmental storytelling will go to Common Ground directed by Rebecca and Josh Tickell.

Tribeca Festival director and VP of programming Cara Cusumano said, “We are bringing to New York eye-popping 3D films and rousing music docs, white-knuckle thrillers and knee-slapping comedies, independent edge and old Hollywood glamour.”

Fillm fans can watch selections online immediately following the festival from June 19-July 2 via the Tribeca At Home online platform.