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The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Dates and Call for Submissions

Diane Keaton, James Caan, Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Talia Shire, Robert Duvall, and Robert De Niro take a bow during the GODFATHER's 40th anniversary reunion at Tribeca 2017 in April.

For the 17th year, the Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, will bring creators, diverse audiences, and the industry together in New York City during the annual storytelling festival running April 18th to the 29th in 2018.

As part of a new multi-year collaboration, creators will be able to submit their feature and short films to the 2018 festival through Withoutabox, the online festival submission system favored by filmmakers for its ease of use and streamlined process. This new relationship with Withoutabox continues Tribeca’s ongoing mission to empower storytellers with the opportunities and tools to bring their stories to life.

The 2018 Festival is set to build on the momentum from last year’s edition, which not only saw record setting attendance numbers from recent years, but also the highest percentage of film sales to distributors. The 2017 line-up made major cultural headlines from reunions like The Godfather and Reservoir Dogs; to Tribeca Immersive’s critically acclaimed Virtual Arcade and Storyscapes programming, which showcased the latest in VR and installations that explored the intersection of storytelling and technology; to the N.O.W. (New Online Work) section’s showcase of digital storytellers. For the second year, the Tribeca X Award celebrated the best in branded storytelling from artist-brand collaborations. Tribeca Talks®’ Directors Series and Storytellers brought luminaries such as Barbra Streisand, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Hanks together for once-in-a-lifetime conversations. Tribeca TV world premiered new series including Emmy® nominees The Handmaid’s Tale and Genius, in addition to introducing audiences to new shows such as The Sinner and debuting the latest seasons of fan favorites like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The inaugural Tribeca Games Festival premiered to sold-out crowds with the first-ever crowd play of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Episode 1, a concert with British electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa, and keynotes with some of the top game creators, including legendary creator Hideo Kojima.

“Following a banner year that saw record high submissions across all of our festival programs, it’s clear there is more exciting work being created in more different ways and on more different platforms than ever before,” said Tribeca’s Director of Programming, Cara Cusumano. “Withoutabox is the perfect partner to help further our film submissions and we eagerly look forward to seeing what our endlessly surprising creators bring us in 2018.”

“Withoutabox is home to the top filmmakers and film festivals in the world, and our mission is to provide filmmakers with unparalleled opportunities to share their projects with a global audience,” said Matt Kumin, Head of Withoutabox, IMDbPro and Box Office Mojo. “The Tribeca Film Festival is one of the most important festivals in the world and we are thrilled they have selected Withoutabox to be their exclusive third party film submissions service beginning with the highly anticipated 2018 film festival.”

Submissions will open September 5 for all sections of the Festival – feature and short films, TV, Immersive, N.O.W. (New Online Work) and the Tribeca X Award.

Filmmakers can submit a film for consideration via Withoutabox here and VR, episodic, online storytelling, and branded storytelling can be submitted directly to the Tribeca website.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and projects for the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows:

September 5th, 2017 – SUBMISSIONS OPEN

October 18th, 2017 – EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE for feature and short films, Tribeca TV, Tribeca Immersive, N.O.W. (New Online Work)

November 22nd, 2017 – OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE A for feature films, Tribeca TV, Tribeca Immersive, N.O.W.

December 1st, 2017 – OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE B for short films

December 13th, 2017 – EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE for Tribeca X Award and LATE ENTRY DEADLINE for feature films, TV, Immersive, N.O.W.

January 12th, 2018 – OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE for Tribeca X Award

February 14th, 2018 – LATE ENTRY DEADLINE for Tribeca X Award

Submission rules, regulations, and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival are now available here. Questions regarding submissions may be directed to entries@tribecafilmfestival.org or by calling 212.941.2305.

The Festival is curated by a programming team that includes Director of Programming Cara Cusumano, Artistic Director Frederic Boyer, VP of Shorts Sharon Badal, Liza Domnitz (features, TV, and online work), Loren Hammonds (virtual reality and features), Ian Hollander (features), Ben Thompson (shorts), Mara Webster (talks), and Ingrid Kopp (Storyscapes), in addition to program advisors Paula Weinstein and Tammie Rosen, as well as a team of associate programmers.

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