Twelve narrative features and 12 documentaries from 18 countries will compete for combined unrestricted cash prizes amounting to $100,000, including prizes totalling $50,000 from American Express for the best new narrative and documentary film-makers.
Among the narrative competition entries are world premieres of Alfonso Pineda-Ulloa's Mexican psychological thriller Love, Pain And Vice Versa, Dan Castle's Australian surfer drama Newcastle, Mehreen Jabbar's Pakistani drama Ramchand Pakistani and James Mottern's US drama Trucker starring Michelle Monaghan. UK director Shane Meadows' comedy Somers Town and Antonello Grimaldi's Quiet Chaos from Italy gets their North American premieres followingscreenings in Berlin.
The documentary section features world premieres for four US films: Paul H-O and Tom Donahue's Guest Of Cindy Sherman about the New York art scene; Kief Davidson's Kassim The Dream about a former Ugandan child soldier turned boxer; Gini Reticker's Liberian tale Pray The Devil Back To Hell; and John Walter's Theatre Of War, which looks at the life and work of playwright Bertolt Brecht.
Encounters entries include the world premieres of wartime mystery The Objective from The Blair Witch Project director Daniel Myrick, Bill Plympton's Lynchian animated feature Idiots And Angels, Brian Heckler's prom night comedy Bart Got A Room with Cheryl Hines and William H Macy and Richard Ledes' thriller The Caller starring Frank Langella and Elliott Gould.
The section also features the world premieres of Tracey Hecht's relationship drama Life In Flight with Patrick Wilson and Amy Smart and Nathan Rissman's documentary I Am Because We Are, in which Madonna exposes the plight of AIDS-stricken inhabitants of Malawi.
For the complete line-up visit the official website at www.tribecafilmfestival.org.