2008 Tribeca Film Festival

by Nick David

One of the highlights of the City of New York’s entertainment calendar is undoubtedly the Tribeca Film Festival. This year’s festival is slated for April 23 to May 4 and it promises to be a week and a half of fun, excitement and pure movie magic. The festival was first created to celebrate New York’s contribution to the world of film and it has become one of the hottest events in the industry. This year the TFF will celebrate its 7th anniversary.

The TFF traditionally screens films from all around the world and viewers can enjoy a great number of premiers, since many films are first screened at this festival. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the directors and stars of the movies and rub shoulders with some of the industry’s true greats. There will be over 200 movies to see during the event, offering a wide variety of film types for festival-goers to choose from. There are also interesting panel discussions planned with top directors, screenwriters and actors, that viewers can attend and participate in.

The festival’s name, however, should not be interpreted to suggest that the event is limited to film lovers only. A wonderful Family Festival Street Fair takes place this year on Saturday, May 3rd from 10am to 6pm and offers crafts and games for all ages in the vicinity of Greenwich between Hubert and Duane. There are also a number of free events, including several film screenings and a hugely popular drive-in, traditionally held at the World Financial Center Plaza for families and movie-lovers of all ages.

Tickets and passes for the Tribeca Film Festival can be purchased through a number of venues, including ticket offices and online. Information about the festival’s program can be found through online guides or the local media nearer to the time of the event.

 Tickets go on sale:
Saturday, April 12, 2008 – Single Tickets on sale for American Express Cardmembers (Walk-up, Web, & Phone).
Friday, April 18, 2008 – Single Tickets on sale to downtown residents (Walk-up Box Office Only, proof of zip code below Canal Street).
Saturday April 19, 2008 – Single Tickets on sale to general public (Walk-up, Web, & Phone).

Click for the official site of the Tribeca Film Festival. NewYorkJourney.com features a list of hotels in the Tribeca area.

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