TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL® INTRODUCES “TRIBECA INNOVATION WEEK” AT THE 13TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
New Pass Opens the Door to Innovators, Creative Leaders, and Events Celebrating Innovation and Storytelling in the Digital Age
Fifth Anniversary of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, in Collaboration with Harvard’s Clay Christensen and the Disruptor Foundation, Will Honor Sputnik Satellite, TEDMED’s Jay Walker, 1968 Olympian Dick Fosbury, and Warby Parker/VisionSpring among others
Aaron Sorkin to Kickoff Future of Film
(NEW YORK, NY) February 3, 2014 —The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, announced today the creation of its first-ever “Tribeca Innovation Week” where the worlds of culture, technology, and storytelling will collide. Taking place April 21-26, Tribeca Innovation Week will be a place for coders, screenwriters, hackers, futurists, gamers, directors, engineers, venture capitalists, film financiers, techno radicals, the generally curious, and anyone who has a story to tell. The week will expand on Tribeca’s tradition of connecting the creative and tech communities. A new innovation pass will offer access to some of the Festival’s newest and most popular programs, some of which were previously closed to the public. The 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 16-27. #TribecaInnovation
“Tribeca Innovation Week will bring together the ever merging communities - creators and innovators – to explore this unique time of convergence in media, movies, art and technology. As the digital and analog worlds continue to blur there has never been more of an opportunity to create and tell stories." said Jane Rosenthal, TFF Co-Founder and CEO.
Tribeca Innovation Week is anchored by the Fifth Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA) and five other major events. Full events for the week include TDIA, co-sponsored by Accenture and AT&T, which will honor innovators, pioneers and game-changers across various disciplines and previously was open only by invitation; the Future of Film Live panel series, which will kick off with a conversation with Oscar® and Emmy®-award winning American screenwriter, producer, and playwright Aaron Sorkin; Storyscapes in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, a showcase of transmedia projects; Tribeca Hacks <Mobile>, the culmination of a two-day hackathon sponsored by AT&T that unites technologists and content creators; the daylong TFI Interactive summit, an initiative of the nonprofit Tribeca Film Institute with leadership support from the Ford Foundation; and the Games for Change Festival, in its first installment as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
“This year’s theme for the awards is “From Outer Space to Inner Space: a New Sputnik Moment?” and will honor people across all fields, from healthcare, education, religion, sports, social innovation politics, media and gaming, who are living laboratories for innovation and disruption. We will honor TEDMED’s Jay Walker with our Lifetime Achievement Award. Jay's body of work is helping us usher in a Sputnik Moment 2.0 showcasing the possibilities of human imagination. He has cast a light on many epic innovations-- from the 1957 launch of the Sputnik satellite, which we will have on site at the Awards, to the potential for another Sputnik moment: the disruptive power of biomedicine to change the world" said Craig Hatkoff, TFF co-founder and TDIA Chief Curator.Innovation Week programs are detailed below in date order:
11th Annual Games for Change Festival (April 22 – 24 & 26) – Collaborating around the premise that digital games can effect positive social change, the largest gaming event in New York City is now part of the Tribeca Film Festival. This three-day international event held at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts unites innovators and game developers with change makers and educators who believe in the transformational power of games and game thinking. On April 26, G4C and TFF will host the Games for Change Public Arcade as part of the TFF Family Festival Street Fair in Lower Manhattan. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #G4C14
Previous attendees have included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Fast Company, Mashable, Microsoft, MIT Media Lab, The New York Times, the UN World Food Programme and Warner Bros.
The full slate of honorees will be rolled out ahead of the Festival, but 15 of the leaders to be recognized as part of this year’s TDIA honorees include:
TFI Interactive (April 26) – Returning for its third year, TFI Interactive (#TFIi), an initiative of the nonprofit Tribeca Film Institute with leadership support from the Ford Foundation, assembles the brightest thinkers and innovators from the worlds of film, media, gaming, technology and society to explore storytelling in the digital age. This daylong summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions and interactive activities to be announced in full in March. Past participants have included Tiffany Shlain, Lance Weiler and Jason Silva, and presentations have explored a variety of topics on the changing art of business and film, including web-based documentaries, attracting funding for transmedia works, and rich narratives in gaming.
Storyscapes, in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin – The Tribeca Film Festival and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE proudly offers transmedia artists an opportunity to showcase their creativity within a Festival setting. In its second year as a juried section at TFF, visitors to the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE House of Imagination immersive gallery will see first-hand how the conventions of visual storytelling are changing through genre-bending projects at the intersection of technology, interactivity and installation art. The five projects accepted into this year’s section will be announced in March and the space will be open to public for four days during the Festival. Innovation Week passes will enable holders to attend invitation only preview events closed to the public through RSVP.
Tribeca Innovation Week offers both wide-access passes and single event tickets, allowing Festivalgoers to tailor Innovation Week to their specific interests.
There will be two passes available for the week-long experience: the Platinum Pass, priced at $599 through February 21 and $699 from February 22 through the TFF, and the Gold Pass, for $319 and $299, respectively.
The Platinum Pass is all inclusive and includes access to six events and programs, including: 1) Future of Film, 2) Games for Change, 3) Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards/Breakouts, 4) Tribeca Hacks <Mobile> presentations, 5) invitations to private events held at Storyscapes, and 6) an invitation to attend TFI Interactive. The Gold Pass is for the full week, excluding Games for Change.
Single event passes will be available for the 3-day Games for Change event ($499; non-profit price of $399 and student price at $100) and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards ($150 / ticket).
Passes and tickets will be available for purchase online at TribecaFilm.com/InnovationWeek, along with complete information on all Innovation Week opportunities.
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About Tribeca Film Festival:
The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.
Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.
The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,500 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4.5 million attendees and has generated an estimated $850 million in economic activity for New York City.
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