Tribeca film festival is a festival that began in Tribeca New York city, however, in 2006 Tribeca expanded into Manhattan because they were running out of space because they were showing so many movies. Nevertheless, the festival began in 2002 and since then has screened 1400 international films from 80 countries, and thousands upon thousands of American films. The festival has generated 750 million dollars in economic activity in New York and much of Tribeca’s development of the past 15 years is attributed to Tribeca because of the money it brings in. Nevertheless, the festival is put on by a New York based production company founded by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff that is named Tribeca Films. The mission of the festival is to bring indie films to an international and national audience. They do this by screening a ton of independent films at the festival. Also, Tribeca has achieved this goal through internet screenings. They have created a streaming service so you can watch films, interviews, panel discussions, etc from an ongoing festival or a previous one.
For our festival, I think it would be good to screen indie movies because there are so many good movies that go unheard of because they do not have the financial support that a large production company brings. Screening indie movies could also give a glance into a widely unknown part of the film industry that many do not know about. Tribeca also has discussions and interviews with people who work in the film industry. I think it would be awesome to shed light on the film industry and how it functions.
The audience is comprised of a wide range of people. Many indie film junkies make their way up, but the festival has gained so much popularity in recent years that a pretty diverse audience attends. In the past few years, Tribeca has attracted a group interested in technology as they have created a virtual reality exhibit that shows movies and games with virtual reality goggles. At this point, because of the streaming service, anyone, anywhere can watch the festival so the spectrum of the audience has grown greatly.