he 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, unveiled its feature film lineup today. Continuing its tradition of elevating exceptional storytelling rooted in today’s global film communities, the 18th annual Festival will showcase debut works from emerging talent and new works from notable filmmakers. The program includes discoveries, comedies, music-centered, politically-minded, and social films. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival takes place from April 24th to May 5th.
This year's features program includes 103 films from 124 filmmakers. 50% of the films selected in the three competition sections are directed by women filmmakers. The lineup includes 81 world premieres, three international premieres, eight North American premieres, one U.S. Premiere, and 10 New York premieres. This year's program also includes 42 first-time filmmakers and 19 Tribeca alums returning to the Festival with their latest projects. 40% of the feature films have one or more women directors, 29% of the feature films are directed by filmmakers of color, and 13% of the feature films are by individuals who identify as LGBTQIA. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival was programmed from more than 9,295 total submissions.
Tribeca will also introduce Tribeca Critics’ Week, the first for a North American film festival. This section will debut with a slate of five feature films curated by New York-based film critics.
The 12-day Festival will see the debuts of 52 narratives and 51 documentaries. The competition section features 12 documentaries, 10 U.S. narratives, and 10 international narratives. The films in competition will compete for cash prizes totaling $165,000, as well as artwork from the Art Awards program, which offers work from acclaimed contemporary artists in select categories. For the seventh year, the jury-selected Nora Ephron Award, presented by CHANEL, will award $25,000 to the woman filmmaker in this year’s program who embodies the spirit and boldness of the late, pioneering Ephron.
The Festival will open at New York’s iconic Apollo Theater with the world premiere of Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams’ documentary, The Apollo, from HBO Documentary Films.