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Put Away Your Wallet: TFF 2012 Free Events

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in the spirit of building community. With that in mind, TFF 2012 continues the tradition with free screenings, panels, and community events. We hope you will mark your calendars and join us!

Tickets to the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival are on sale now, but if we have things for the frugal New Yorker as well! Check out the many FREE events at Tribeca, all browse-able by date with this link in our new Events Guide. We've outlined many things for you below.



Tribeca Drive-In
April 19, 20, 21
8:15 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
World Financial Center Plaza

Held in the World Financial Center Plaza, this series has something for everyone and is completely free! This year's movies include Jaws, The Goonies, and the world premiere of Knuckleball!

Focus Forward / Short Films Big Ideas

Focus Forward: Short Films/Big Ideas
Wednesday, April 25
3:00 pm
Tribeca Cinemas

Nine three-minute films from directors Jessica Yu, Nelson George, Michèle Ohayon, and more tell the amazing stories of innovators making our world a better place. Join us for this unique program of short films, including four world premieres, followed by a Q+A with select FOCUS FORWARD filmmakers.


Illicit Networks: Portrayal Through Film
Wednesday, April 25
2:30 pm
SVA Theater

Tribeca Enterprises and Google Ideas team up for this unique free panel addressing Hollywood's portrayal of illicit networks that traffic everything from narcotics and weapons to body parts and human beings. Moderated by Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas.

Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble
April 20, 21, and 22
1:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, Union Square

Featuring filmmakers from this year's Tribeca Film Festival, the Pen to Paper series will focus primarily on the topic of writing for film. This year's topics include Biography on Film, The Pen Versus the Sword, and Based on the Book.

Tribeca Talks: Industry
April 20-27
2:30 pm

SVA Theater
The Industry panels have long been a staple of the Tribeca Film Festival. Each day, filmmakers, industry professionals, and sponsors come together to discuss pressing filmmaking issues of the day. Join us!

Future of Film Lunch Series

The Future of Film Lunch Series
April 23-26
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Continuing the conversation started on the Future of Film blog, this series will focus on changes in our industry. Leaders from the social media, distribution, technology, and media fields will engage the audience with presentations about their work, offering unique perspectives on where film is headed.


Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer DayTribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day
Saturday, April 21
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Hudson River Park's Pier 40

Tribeca Film Festival, in partnership with NYFEST, will bring a day of soccer and special events to downtown New York, complete with sports and entertainment celebrities.

Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair
Saturday, April 28
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tribeca: Greenwich Street

Spend the day in Tribeca with games and activities, live Broadway performances, arts and crafts, storytelling, free screenings, local restaurants and merchants, and so much more—all fun and FREE to enjoy!

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day
Saturday, April 28
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tribeca: N. Moore Street

Fans of all ages: participate in FREE sports games and challenges and meet your favorite New York athletes, mascots, and sports teams.


Hope to see you around town!



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