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Tribeca Film Festival 101

Jump-start your 2009 Tribeca Film Festival experience with this handy how-to. Looking for key Festival dates? Have questions about tickets and screenings? Find the answers here.

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Key dates for the 2009 festival:

Tuesday, April 14

Single Tickets on sale for American Express Cardmembers (Walk-up, Web, & Phone).

Sunday, April 19

Single Tickets on sale to downtown residents (Walk-up Box Office Only, proof of zip code below Canal Street).

Monday, April 20

Single Tickets on sale to general public (Walk-up, Web, & Phone).

Wednesday, April 22

Festival opens.

Sunday, May 3

Festival closes.

How do I know what to see and do?

  • Start with this website. The online Film Guide is now live. You can browse the exciting slate of films now, and soon everything you need to know—including showtimes, ticket sales, links to trailers and more—will be in the online guide.
  • Pick up a guide. Check out our Tribeca Film Festival Pocket Guide at various locations in New York City (locations to be announced, including the Festival Box Office).
  • Go Mobile. Browse our mobile film guide—coming soon—with your web-enabled phone or PDA. It's portable and paperless.


How do I buy tickets?

For all ticketing information, including hours of operation, rules and regulations, pricing and package specifics, go to the Ticket Information page.


What is going on besides movies?

The Tribeca Film Festival is much more than just movies. With the Tribeca ESPN Sports Film Festival, Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair, the various panel series, events, and special presentations for working and aspiring filmmakers, you could be quite entertained without entering a theater... not that we recommend that.


How do I get the latest information?

  • This website is continuously updated, so keep checking as the Festival approaches.
  • Make sure to sign up for our newsletter for updates, last-minute additions, daily wrap-ups, and more.
  • Get information sent directly to your mobile phone using the TRBCA short code (details coming soon).
  • Follow Tribeca Film Festival on Twitter. During the Festival, we will tweet about last-minute tickets, breaking news, and more.
  • Become a Fan of Tribeca Film Festival on Facebook. Share your fan photos and videos with fellow Tribeca fans.

What makes Tribeca Film Festival screenings different from any other movie?

  • The director, cast, and crew are often on hand for a Q & A after the screenings.
  • The films chosen from nearly 5,000 submissions are from every corner of the globe and offer almost as many perspectives as New Yorkers have opinions.
  • Almost every film is a North American, international, or even world premiere, so you could be among the first to see the next big hit.


Are the films rated?

Many of our films have not yet been reviewed by the Motion Picture Association of America and therefore do not have an MPAA rating (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17). However, the film information provided in the Online Film Guide and the printed Festival Guide will help you make informed choices.



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