The Tribeca Film Festival attracted about 348,000 people this year, according to organisers.

The added that the said the figure represented a considerable increase on 2008 levels but did not give comparable numbers for last year. It ran from April 22 through May 3.

The Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day on May 2 attracted about 235,000, according to organisers and the NYPD Community Affairs department.

Jane Rosenthal, the festival’s co-founder, said: “One of our key goals for this year’s festival was to further enhance the audience experience and create additional free events for the community.”

She added that the programmers had curated “a fantastic line-up of films.”

The event was slow on the acquisitions front, with the most prominent deal coming when Magnolia Pictures took worldwide rights to Conor McPherson’s drama The Eclipse.