This morning, the Tribeca Film Festival announced the 60 shorts which will screen this year as part of festivities. The director of last year’s winner for Tribeca’s best short narrative Curfew, Shawn Christensen, will have his new short film Grandma’s Not a Toaster in this year’s competition for best narrative short. This year, shorts will screen as part of series addressing specific subjects and themes. These series include Character Studies (for documentaries), Deadbolt (for vampire, werewolves, robots and other films relating to sci-fi and horro), the End is Near (films dealing with the Apocolypse and death), History Lessons (films addressing personal and social aspects of history), Let There Be Light: The Cycles of Life (expermental films using light), Skin Deep (for films addressing self-discovery and self-image), Worst Day Ever (films presenting bad days) and Ultimate Ride (on journeying through Manhattan).
An international competition, three films from UK based filmmakers were selected in this year’s competition; Grace, written and directed by Keir Burrows, A Short Film About Guns directed by Minos Papas, The Moon Has Its Reasons by Lewis Klahr. Noted actors who will appear in some of the shorts include Lauren Ambrose, Kevin Corrigan, Elle Fanning, Nastassja Kinski, Julian Sands, and Elijah Wood. Prizes are awarded for best short narrative and best short documentary, each film winning a $10,000 cash prize.
The new documentary Battle for Amfar will also premiere at the festival before its televsion premiere on HBOlater this year. Other films recieving special screenings include Sidewalk Stories a black-and-white, mostly silent, narrative film from Charles Lane produced in the 80s, the documentary Herblock-The Black & The White, The Trails of Muhammad Ali from Bill Siegel, narrative Möbius from French filmmaker Eric Rochant, the cinema instillation Alberi by directed by Michaelangelo Frammartino, and Running from Crazy from Academy Award winning documentarian Barbara Kopple.
There will also be art and multi-media projects shown and displayed, competiting in the Transmedia category. Projects in competition include Canada’s A Journal of Insomnia, Robots in Resident from artists Brent Hoff and Alexander Reben, Sandy Storyline a interactive documentary, surrealist project This Exquisite Forest, and the popular social media project Star Wars Uncut.
The always popular Midnight screenings, often films involving horror and sci-fi, are France’s Dark Touch, Netherland’s Frankenstein’s Army, New Zealand’s Fresh Meat, The UK’s The Machine, USA films Mr. Jones, V/H/S/2, and Raze, starring renowned stunt woman Zoe Bell.
Often the most highly anticpated selection of films, The Spotlight Series, include several highly anticipated films, most of which will be released later this year. Adult World, starring John Cusack, Almost Christmas starring Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Hawkins, Bottled Up starring Josh Hamilton and Melissa Leo, A Case of You cowritten and starring Justin Long, The English Teacher starring Juliane Moore, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane and Michael Angarano, The Pretty One starring Zoe Kazan, David Gordon Green‘s Prince Avalanche starring Emile Hirsh and Paul Rudd, A Single Shot starring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Melissa Leo and Jeffrey Wright, Trust Me written/directed/starring Clark Gregg and costarring Sam Rockwell William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet, Whitewash starring Thomas Haden Church, G.B.F from director Darren Stein, Some Velvet Morning starring Stanley Tucci and written and directed by Neil LaBute, and Israel’s Big Bad Wolves make their World Premiere at the festival.
Neil Jordan‘s Bysantium starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, and Caleb Landry, The Reluctant Fundamentalist starring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson, Brazil’s Reaching for the Moon, and France’s Haute Cousine and Cycling with Moliere make there US premiere. The racing movie At Any Price starring Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Heather Graham, and Clancy Brown, Richard Linklater‘s Before Midnight co-written and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy will make its New York premiere. The documentaries Gasland Part II, The Director from Christina Voros, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, Greetings from Tim Buckley, In God We Trust, Inside Out: The People’s Art Project, Lil Bub & Friendz, McConkey, The Motivation, The Project, Whoopi Goldberg‘s I Got Somehting to Tell You, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, and Elaine Stretch: Shoot Me will also have premieres.
Films screened as part of the Spotlight Section are eligable for the narrative or documentary Audiece Award.
For additional information (and further information on the films) got to Tribeca Film Festival.