The Tribeca Film Festival Is Returning to Tribeca

Tribeca FIlm Festival 2015 marqueeOK, so that headline is an overstatement. But in recent years, to many locals’ dismay, the Tribeca Film Festival has done most of its screenings in non-Tribeca parts of the city. So great news: The TFF has just announced that this year (April 15-26), it’s returning “to Regal Cinemas Battery Park Stadium 11, which will present press, industry and public screenings on all 11 screens.” And it’ll continue to screen at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Tribeca Cinemas, and Brookfield Place, as well as other AboCa locations. (To be fair, the TFF said it had tried to get back into the Regal in years past, but the theater wasn’t interested.)

Also, it’s launching a “creative hub” at Spring Studios on Varick:

[The creative hub] will provide a destination for festivalgoers to gather, collaborate and share stories in New York City. A residency at Spring Studios—a 150,000 square foot state-of-the-art creative, production & event center located at 50 Varick Street—will bring filmmakers, artists, audiences, partners and VIPs together in one place. Collective spaces for filmmakers, industry, press, will supplement venues for the majority of the Festival’s special events including Tribeca Talks, innovation events, Awards Night, and parties. The Festival has created a new Resident Pass that will provide access to the creative hub for the duration of the Festival and a Resident Day Pass that will provide day-to-day access. Both passes go on sale January 20.

One reason this is fantastic news is because the festival was created to help bring downtown back to life after 9/11, and the bump that local businesses (especially restaurants) used to get was welcome even after the neighborhood wobbled to its feet.