Peter Scarlet has resigned his post as Tribeca Film Festival’s artistic director, ten days after it was announced that former Sundance director Geoff Gilmore will arrive in Marchto take up an expansive new role at the New York event.
‘The term The Seven-Year Itch always evokes that famous still of Marilyn Monroe standing on a NY subway grating with her skirt blowing up around her thighs,’ Scarlet said.
‘But as my seventh Tribeca Film Festival loomed, I realised simply that it’s time for me to seek new challenges. I’m enormously grateful for the terrific experiences I’ve been able to share with colleagues and viewers here, and I’ll never stop being grateful to Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal for having invited me along for such a glorious ride. I wish them and the festival all success.’
The festival programme continues under the collective guidance of executive director Nancy Schafer and the core programming team of director of programming David Kwok and senior programmer Genna Terranova.
‘We are grateful to Peter for his leadership, his knowledge and his contributions to the Tribeca Film Festival over the past seven years,’ co-founder Jane Rosenthal said. ‘I have enormous respect for Peter and appreciate his work on behalf of Tribeca as well as the countless film-makers around the globe which he helped bring to New York audiences. We thank him and know he will continue to play an important role in cinema.’
The festival line-up will be announced on March 9 and the event itself is scheduled to run from April 22-May 3.
Scarlet had overseen the Tribeca programme since spring 2002 (shortly after the inaugural event) and he was promoted to artistic director in 2007. Before joining Tribeca, he was director of the San Francisco International Film Festival from 1983 to 2001. He also served briefly as director general of Paris-based Cinemathèque Française (the first American to hold that post) and has also worked in film production and film education.
Gilmore will commence work in March as Tribeca Enterprises’ chief creative officer and assumes oversight of the festival’s content strategy, creative development and brand expansion. He had been at Sundance for 19 years.