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2014 Tribeca Film Festival announces a day of free movie screenings

Emma Roberts in "Palo Alto"
Emma Roberts in "Palo Alto"
Tribeca Film

The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City is doing something it has never done before: For one day during the festival (on April 25, 2014), there will be a "Film for All Friday" promotion in which all the festival's movie screenings that day will be free. The festival made the announcement on March 19, 2014.

People still need tickets to these free screenings. The free tickets will be available from April 14 to April 17, 2014, at select AT&T locations in New York City and New Jersey, as well as at the official Tribeca Film Festival box-office locations and on the Tribeca Film website. (See details at the end of this article.) Additional free tickets may be available on April 25 screenings through the Festival Rush Lines that open 45 minutes prior to each screening on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limit of two tickets per person for each movie.

AT&T is the main sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, which previously had American Express as its main sponsor.

The daily film schedule for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival has not yet been announced, but the festival says that on April 25, 2014, the movies that will be part of the "Film For All Friday" promotion include the drama "Palo Alto" (starring Emma Roberts and James Franco), the Nas documentary "Time is Illmatic," the comedic drama "The One I Love" (starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass) and "This Time Next Year," a documentary that examines the recovery of a New Jersey town one year after Hurricane Sandy.

The Tribeca Film Festival (co-founded by Robert De Niro) was launched in 2002 as a way to help businesses and families in downtown Manhattan after the 9/11 tragedy. The festival has since become one of New York's biggest annual movie events, and it has premieres of major studio movies as well as independent films from around the world. Most of the movies screened at the festival are independent films that are seeking distribution.

Several movies (usually documentaries and foreign films) that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival have been nominated for Oscars, including "Cutie and the Boxer," "The Broken Circle Breakdown" and "Let the Right One In."

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to 27. Single tickets for movies that are not part of the Film for All Friday go on sale on April 8 for American Express card members, April 13 for downtown Manhattan residents and April 14 for the general public. Single tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (646-502-5296 or 866-941-3378) or at one of the Tribeca Film Festival box-office locations. Passes and group/package ticket sales are now available for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

The festival also has a limited number of its movies available on VOD during the festival. This year's slate of Tribeca Film Festival movies available on VOD should be announced sometime in March or April 2014.

Here is where free tickets for "Film for All Friday" can be obtained:

  • AT&T locations in all five boroughs of New York City
  • AT&T in Hoboken, N.J.
  • AT&T in Edgewater, N.J.
  • AMC Loews Village VII, 66 Third Ave. in New York City (Manhattan)
  • Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 9, 260 W. 23rd St. in New York City (Manhattan)
  • Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St. in New York City (Manhattan)
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