Returning directors include Marie Losier, Bill Morrison, Bill Plympton and Jay Rosenblatt, with actor Julia Stiles also trying her hand.
Among the progrmammes is the non-competitive section 'We Are Here', which comprises work by Lebanese film-makers and artists shot during the Israel-Lebanon conflict in summer 2006.
The Tribeca Film Institute will use the festival to launch Tribeca Teaches: Films In Motion, a partnership with the Bronx Preparatory Charter School to educate middle and high school students in the South Bronx about film-making.
Ninety middle school and 30 high school students will participate in the five-week curricular component of the programme to produce a 'classroom snapshot' composed of their own films that will screen as part of the Bronx Prep Community Day.
'We hope that Tribeca Teaches will play a significant role in providing the necessary tools in fostering film education, allowing the students creative freedom to focus on telling their own individual story,' Tribeca Film Festival founder Jane Rosenthal said.
For the shorts line-up and more information about Tribeca Teaches: Films In Motion, visit the official website at www.tribecafilminstitute.org.