Following the launch of this year’s edition due to a coronavirus epidemic, the Tribeca Film Festival has announced that it will return in 2021. Next year’s festival will run from June 9 to 20 in New York City.
“We look forward to celebrating the 20th anniversary and honoring the realities that our founders, Jane Rosanthal and Robert De Niro, have created in bringing storytellers and communities together,” said Paula Weinstein, chief creative officer at Tribeca Enterprises.
Tribeca Enterprises announced this on Friday, noting that it reflects the shifting of calendars and efforts to ensure the festival continues in a safe environment.
Submissions will be on September 8th for all categories: a newly added category dedicated to feature and short films, episodic storytelling, immersion, branded entertainment and online premieres. The submission period has been extended to three weeks; The deadline has been pushed back to January and eligibility rules have been adjusted to include films screened at online festivals.
The 2020 festival, scheduled for April 150-26, closed in March after the COVID-19 crisis began.
The organizers of Tribeca also announced on Friday that they will dedicate space to films whose premieres could not be made in 2020. All Tribeca-selected filmmakers of 2020 are invited to showcase their films and celebrate their postponed premieres as part of the 20th anniversary
“As we take the first step towards the next version of the festival, we have focused our thoughts and plans on the filmmakers and film-artists who have suffered so much as a result of the challenges of the past few months,” said the festival director and VP. Programming Kara Kusumano. “Whether it’s at the cinema, online or outside, we look forward to welcoming everyone to our 20th anniversary celebrations in the spirit of celebrating our last 20 years and telling stories in all their forms.