Tribeca Film Fest Goes Online for International Presentation

The debut of the 2011 Tribeca (Online) Film Festival offers a chance for film enthusiasts from all over the world to experience a film festival, utilizing the latest digital video and web technology. The concept is to “deliver an immersive, interactive experience unlike any other, re-contextualizing Festival content and presentation.”

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced the onset of the Tribeca (Online) Film Festival supported by founding partner American Express. The program will run concurrently with TFF’s 10th edition from April 20 to May 1, 2011.

The debut of the 2011 Tribeca (Online) Film Festival offers a chance for film enthusiasts from all over the world to experience a film festival, utilizing the latest digital video and web technology. The concept is to “deliver an immersive, interactive experience unlike any other, re-contextualizing Festival content and presentation.”

The Online Film Festival features five areas: Festival Streaming Room, Live From…, Tribeca Q&A, Filmmaker Feed, and the Future of Film blog.

The Streaming Room

The online program will host six feature films from the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Two films are making their world premieres at TFF. There are 18 short films with 4 shorts premiering and 9 returning from previous Tribeca Film Festivals. Each film will have three to five 24-hour screening windows, during which there will be a select number of “seats” available. Using a digital reservation system, viewers can reserve “seats” at the festival’s website www.tribecaonline.com. Reservations begin on April 12 for American Express Card members and April 18 for general public. Online viewers will be able to vote for the Best Tribeca Online Feature Film, a prize of $25,000 and Best Tribeca Online Short Film, a prize of $5,000.

In Live From….

Online audiences across the globe will have the ability to watch live streams of Festival events, including the opening press conference, red carpet premieres and the award show. Viewers will also have the opportunity to engage with other audience members and onsite participants. In Live From…will be a true movie social networking experience.

Tribeca Q&A

The online program is live now and is a true movie social networking experience. The Q&A offers the online audience the opportunity to engage with the larger online community. They can chat with one another and submit questions to experts of a pool of 20-25 film and new media experts from Geoff Gilmore and Nancy Schafer to Whoopi Goldberg and Brian Williams. Filmmakers David Gordon Green and Zach Braff and other filmmakers, programmers, actors, jurors, film experts, and more will be available as well. Community members will vote on individual questions, and top-rated queries will be submitted for official response, made available to the public. Reprehensive from the

The Filmmaker Feed

The program contains aggregated information on all Tribeca (Online) Film Festival filmmakers, each of whom will have a custom page on the feed, with a biography, interviews, favorite links, social media feeds (Twitter/Facebook), blog posts, video updates and more.

The Future of Film

The blog brings together experts from the worlds of film and technology to comment on the ever-changing media environment in featured posts.

Each selected feature film explores relevant and poignant social themes, such as the effect of forbidden love, the strength of community and the power of social networking. The complete list of feature films streamed on the Tribeca (Online) Film Festival can be found at the festivals web site.

It will be interesting to see how the online audience responds to the festival. I can see many benefits attending online. Not travelling stands out the most beneficial reason to attend online, but the fact that the festival is utilizing the latest digital video and web technology, will make the interactive experience unlike any other.