|Getting ready for a film screening at |
the School of Visual Arts Theatre
My first festival was all about experiencing the power of cinema. Because it was difficult to make a choice among the hundreds of options in the TFF’s program, I decided to let my instinct – and schedule – guide my experience.
This was successful for me: among my finds are a fascinating documentary concerning sexiness and the cyber-age (Sexy Baby) and a moving narrative about human rights and environmental activism in Brazil (Xingu). Even the horror / love story (Jack and Diane) that I attended with Martin the first Friday of the festival – which I considered totally ridiculous – was at least quite shocking and allowed me to discover something different. That is to say that all films were a great occasion to learn about a new topic and reconnect with independent cinema.
I was also truly surprised by the very strong energy that the TFF brings in the Big Apple. Among the festival’s highlights are not only the numerous movies but also a large variety of activities: several panel discussions with filmmakers, a street fair and a soccer day as well as free outdoor movie screenings best known as “Drive in” are adding to the festive ambiance in the City.
Last but not least, three Québec films – the African child soldier drama War Witch as well as the two short narratives Barcelona and Trotteur – were featured at this year’s edition. Not only were all of them apparently successful, but War Witch by Kim Nguyen won best film and its 15-year-old star received a prize for Best Actress.
The TFF in numbers (since 2002):
- Over 1300 films presented
- Over 80 countries represented
- More than 3.7 million attendees
- An estimated $725 million in economic activity for NYC
Did you ever attended the TriBeCa Film Festival?