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Documentary Competition Section to Open with World Premiere of Big Men; Narrative Competition Section to Open with World Premiere of Bluebird; Viewpoints to open with World Premiere of Flex is Kings at 12th Annual TFF, April 17-28


New York, NY – (March 5, 2013) –The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section, which highlights unique, personal stories and diverse filmmakers in international and independent cinema. Forty-six of the 89 feature-length films were announced as part of the 12th edition of the Festival, which will take place from April 17 to April 28 at locations around New York City and open with the film Mistaken for Strangers.

Frédéric Boyer, who joined TFF as Artistic Director last year, continued to lead the programming team, working closely with Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises; Genna Terranova, Director of Programming; and Programmer Cara Cusumano to curate the feature film line up of the Festival.

Expanding upon a new TFF tradition started in 2012, the Festival will now designate opening films for all categories.  Big Men will screen as opening night for the World Documentary competition, Bluebird will open the World Narrative competition, and the documentary Flex is Kings will open the Viewpoints section. All three films will premiere on April 18.   

"Our competition selections embody the quality and diversity of contemporary cinema from across the globe,” said Frederic Boyer, Artistic Director Tribeca Film Festival. “The cinematic proficiency that harnesses this lineup is remarkable and we’re looking forward to sharing these new perspectives, powerful performances, and multifaceted stories.”

The 2013 film selection includes feature films from 30 different countries, including 53 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 15 North American Premieres, 6 U.S. Premieres and 8 New York Premieres. A total of 113 directors will present feature works at the Festival, with 35 of these filmmakers marking their feature directorial debuts.  Among these directors, 26 are women. The 2013 film slate was chosen from a total of 6005 submissions.

"The films in this year's documentary competition deliver tremendous insight into the challenges of our ever-growing global culture as well as highlight how individuals affect and react to change.  With varying styles of filmmaking, this mix of American and international voices are pointed and thought-provoking,” said Director of Programming Genna Terranova. “Viewpoints has broadened this year with more international perspectives, and features many stories about those that go to great lengths when affronted by their own individuality."


World Narrative and Documentary Competition
This year, 12 narrative and 12 documentary features  making their North American, International, or World Premieres will compete for cash prizes totaling $180,000, as well as artwork from the Artists Awards program sponsored by Chanel, featuring  donated work from renowned artists including Stephen Hannock, Robert Longo, William Wegman and Dustin Yellin.

The complete list of films selected for the World Narrative Feature and World Documentary Competition   is as follows:

World Narrative Feature Competition
Keeping with Tribeca’s mission of fostering dialogue between US and global filmmaking, half of this year’s narrative competition films are American productions, and half hail from around the world.  The fact that consistent themes of love, coming of age, and reinvention of self emerge across these disparate cultures and communities is testament to the universal power of film and storytelling that Tribeca strives to celebrate in its competition. Whether it’s the mysterious, short-lived romance at the center of Just a Sigh, or the love between soulmates tested by hardship in both Broken Circle Breakdown and Sunlight Jr., or even the unbreakable bond between a mother searching for her missing son as he strikes out on his own for the first time in Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, the bonds of love are a driving force for characters across the competition.  And young Ricky in Stand Clear is not the only young boy at a crossroads in this year’s program:  the brothers at the center of Hide Your Smiling Faces must confront death and violence during one hot summer, while Ali and Siyar, the central characters of Ali Blue Eyes and Before Snowfall, must come to terms with their cultural heritage, and make key choices about how that dictates their actions and identity.  Adolescence is not the only time for self-discovery in this year’s competition, which also finds a young woman reconsidering her life after surviving cancer in Lily, and a long-married formerly gay man opening himself up to his past, and possibly true, identity in Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.  These twelve very different, distinctive films engaging with universal human struggles will compete for the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, Best New Narrative Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

World Documentary Feature Competition
This year’s Documentary Competition represents an impressive spectrum of stories and styles.  In particular, this year’s selection offers a number of filmmakers exposing injustice, whether they are historical cases such as the 1985 standoff between the extremist MOVE organization and Philadelphia authorities in Let the Fire Burn, and the East Timor revolution of the late 1990s, as told through the eyes of an Australian spy in Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution; or subjects from today’s headlines, like The Kill Team in Afghanistan, a group of American soldiers willfully engaged in murdering Afgani civilians, or the corruption and greed taking place between African governments and US oil companies in the shocking expose Big Men or the struggles residents of Kanpur, India endure trying to retain electricity in Powerless. Films like these dive deep into their subjects to expose the injustices taking place across history and around the world.  On the other end of the spectrum we find several intimate profiles of unique communities within this year’s competition, including a West Virginia town ravaged by drug abuse in Oxyana, a rural reindeer farming family in Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, and the new and fascinating community of Chinese wine connoisseurs in Red Obsession.  These twelve documentaries will compete for Best Documentary Feature, Best New Documentary Director, and Best Editing.

Now in its third year, Tribeca’s Viewpoints section is a panorama of the freshest voices in independent film and contemporary documentary from around the world, this year presenting 14 narrative features and 8 documentaries.  Featuring an exciting range of stories, the films of this year’s Viewpoints section demonstrate a particular interest in telling stories from distinctly male and female perspectives.  Films like Wadjda, Patience Stone, and Run and Jump immerse the viewer in the emotional journeys of strong central women, while The Moment and Farah Goes Bang imbue their female stories with a genre bent, one a thrilling mystery and the other a comic road trip.   The men of this year’s Viewpoints section find themselves the center of crime thrillers What Richard Did and Northwest, or more subdued stories like that of one-time basketball prodigy Lenny Cooke and aspiring strongman Chris “Wonder” Schoeck of Bending Steel, both with something to prove.


The remaining feature film lineup in the main sections will be announced on March 6, 2013.

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2013 Competition Feature Film Awards:
Awards in the World Narrative and World Documentary Competitions will be presented in the following juried categories: Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, sponsored by AKA; Best New Narrative Director (for first-time feature directors in any section), presented by American Express; Best Actor in a Narrative Feature; Best Actress in a Narrative Feature; Best Screenplay in a Narrative Feature; Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature; Best Documentary Feature; Best Editing in a Documentary Feature; and Best New Documentary Director (for first-time feature directors in any section), presented by American Express.
Two feature films—one narrative and one documentary—will be selected to receive the Heineken Audience Award, the audience choice for best feature film. Films playing in the World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight and Cinemania sections are eligible. 

Tickets for the 2013 Festival:
Tickets for the Festival will be $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings, and $8.00 for all late night and weekday matinee screenings.

Advance selection ticket packages and passes as well as discount ticket packages are currently on sale for American Express Cardmembers, and go on sale Monday, March 11 for the general public. All Festival packages and passes can be purchased online at, or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, April 9 for American Express Cardmembers, Sunday, April 14 for downtown residents, and Monday, April 15 for the general public. Single tickets can be purchased online, by telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, with locations at Tribeca Cinemas at 54 Varick Street, Chelsea Clearview Cinemas at 260 W. 23rd Street, and AMC Loews Village 7 at 66 3rd Avenue. The 2013 Festival will continue offering ticket discounts for evening and weekend screenings for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only. Additional information and further details on the Festival can be found at

About the 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 1,400 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4.0 million attendees and has generated an estimated $750 million in economic activity for New York City.

About the 2013 Festival Sponsors:
As Founding Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, American Express is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of filmmaking, bringing business and energy to New York City and offering Cardmembers and festivalgoers the opportunity to enjoy the best of storytelling through film.

The Tribeca Film Festival is pleased to announce the return of its Signature Sponsors: Accenture, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Bloomberg, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Brookfield, Cadillac, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, ESPN, GE FOCUS FORWARD (in partnership with cinelan), Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Heineken USA, JetBlue, Magnum® Ice Cream, NBC 4 New York, NCM Media Networks, The New York Times, and OppenheimerFunds, as well as its Cultural Partner the Doha Film Institute. The Festival is also honored to welcome the following new Signature Sponsors: IWC Schaffhausen, PepsiCo.


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