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Closing out the Tribeca Film Festival, celebrating film in New York

"War Witch" still
"War Witch" still
Phot Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival Site

On Thursday, April 26th this year New York celebrated great films that may become our future classics. The Tribeca Film Festival, which is wrapping up its eleventh year this week, announced the winners in all of their competitive categories this evening. Unfortunately its going to be a while before winners like War Witch (Best Narrative Feature) or The World Before Her (Best Documentary Feature) will be hitting multiplexes, but it is wonderful to hear what the next buzz film may be in the upcoming year.

The festival does hold an interesting history itself, which began in 2002 by veteran actor Robert DeNiro with producers Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. The idea for the festival was initially inspired after September 11th as a way to encourage tourism in the Tribeca area following the World Trade Center attacks. It has become an annual event celebrating the city and its filmmakers as well as international artists who wish to share their work. Over 1,000 documentaries, short films, and feature-length films are screened each year. Tickets for most films are available through their website, and are reasonably well-priced so that the general public may easily participate in the festivities. Another burgeoning branch of the festival is their work to promote filmmaking and to offer advice for those interested in getting involved in its future creation and restoration of classic work.

The festival will be officially wrapping up its film screening on April 28th with Joss Whedon's upcoming superhero epic, The Avengers. The film, which is set and was primarily shot in New York city is being screened out of competition. Unfortunately for those who might wish to get a sneak peek at the film, which does not officially come out in theatres till May 4th, will have to wait a while. The screenings tickets are being given to some of New York's own local heroes including select fire fighters, police officers, and military personnel.

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