In 2002, Robert De Niro, film producer Jane Rosenthal, and best-selling author Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival to help revive a neighborhood shaken by the attacks of September 11th, 2001. The event has since become one of the world’s most renowned film festivals, as well as a staple of Tribeca culture, playing a major role in the neighborhood’s contemporary identity.

The Tribeca Film Festival’s main goal throughout its tenure has been twofold: to offer independent filmmakers a chance to present their work on a major stage, and to give New Yorkers better access to see high-quality films. In 2015, participating filmmakers represented 38 countries, and 75 directors hailed from New York—with 41 films coming from first-time feature directors. Nearly 500,000 attendees went to the Festival, evidence that it is fulfilling its mission on both parts.

There’s a palpable excitement in the neighborhood during the gathering each spring. Stars and paparazzi flock to Tribeca throughout the two-week festival, which centers around nearly 500 screenings, but also includes film talks, after-parties, and other events. The film contests vary, but the main ones include: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and the Student Visionary Award.

Whether you want to see the next culturally significant film or you’re in it to catch a glimpse of one of your favorite stars, the Tribeca Film Festival is your answer. Film screenings tickets are available to the public, but highly anticipated films tend to sell out fast.

For more information, visit the festival’s website and see the full list of last year’s winners here.

Not in town for the festival? You can see what the Tribeca Film Institute has going on.

Tribeca Film Festival

Held Every Spring
More info: / @TribecaFilmFest