For years, video games have been a one-of-a-kind medium for storytelling, art, and innovation — a way to build brand-new worlds and bring them to life in stunning detail. Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, is dedicated to celebrating such thoughtful stories. We’re thrilled to announce that Tribeca Games is expanding its programming for the 20th anniversary of the Festival, taking place June 9-20, 2021 in New York City. 


For the first time, Tribeca is opening submissions for games to join the Festival as Official Selections. Those chosen will also be eligible for the inaugural Tribeca Games Award, which will honor upcoming games from the selections that demonstrate artistic excellence in storytelling. Plus, we’ve brought together an all-star advisory board to help guide Tribeca Games’ evolution.


We’ve tapped top game industry leaders and filmmakers to share their expertise as part of the newly-formed advisory board: filmmaker Nia DaCosta; writer, producer, and director Jon Favreau; co-founder of Electronic Arts Bing Gordon; The Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley; legendary DEATH STRANDING creator Hideo Kojima; creative director of Remedy Entertainment Sam Lake; and head of Halo Transmedia & Entertainment Kiki Wolfkill.


The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival will mark the 10th anniversary of games’ inclusion. Over the years, Tribeca has showcased games including League of Legends, God of War, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Beyond Two Souls, Firewatch, and What Remains of Edith Finch. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on. Submissions are open now with the following deadlines:


Early deadline: October 30, 2020 ($40 entry fee)
Official deadline: December 2, 2020 ($60 entry fee)
Late deadline: January 13, 2021 ($80 entry fee)


Eligible games include titles created for web, console, virtual reality, augmented reality and mobile devices. Click here to see more eligibility info and complete submission guidelines.