The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival sponsored by AT&T; was a record success in terms of attendance, film sales to distributors and high-quality content programming! I was there and reported on all the action back in April.

Some of the highlights were “The Godfather” Reunion parts I&II featuring acclaimed director, Francis Ford Coppola and the cast— his sister Talia Shire, Robert DeNiro the founder of the festival, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, and many more were a part of this historic event live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Barbara Streisand and a host of other celebrities took part in “Tribeca Talks” along with Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks at the Beacon Theatre.

Aretha Franklin performed at an exclusive concert for the film premiere of "The Soundtrack of Our Lives" about the life of music mogul, Clive Davis also held at Radio City.

I also met and interviewed Francis' wife, Eleanor Coppola who premiered her film, “Paris Can Wait” and covered the premiere of the WLIR radio documentary, “Dare to Be Different” which was the best documentary film I’ve seen at the festival!

More announcements underway for Tribeca 2018

Fast-forward to 2018, the popular Film Festival is already preparing for next year’s major event! It is scheduled for April 18-29, 2018! Submissions for films are currently being accepted for all sections of the festival beginning on September 5 until the deadlines in October through January for feature and short films, Tribeca Immersive, and N.O.W.

(New Online Work). The official entry deadline for Tribeca X Award is January 12. The late deadline for the Tribeca X Award is February 14.

The "Withoutabox" platform makes its debut

New this year, the festival is offering an online submission alternative called, “Withoutabox.” It is designed to streamline and ease the submission process for filmmakers.

Their mission is to provide filmmakers opportunities to share their projects with a wide global audience. The Director of Programming for Tribeca, Cara Cusumano revealed that partnering with “Withoutabox” makes it easier for filmmakers to collaborate with festival programmers to submit their unique projects and she is eager to see what the filmmakers will have in store for Tribeca Film Festival in 2018 and she anticipates that more exciting work is being created on different platforms.

The CEO of “Withoutabox,” Matt Kumin is honored that Tribeca, one of the most famous film festivals in the world has chosen to work with his third-party film submission company.

More announcements are expected about Tribeca 2018 and will be posted on their website. Stay tuned!