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A Guide to Digital Dialogue at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

President and Chief Operating Officer Jon Patricof previews the TFF 2012 events and panels devoted to the intersection of film and digital media and technology.

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The time and space dedicated to discussion about the intersection of film and digital technology at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is greater than ever. 

From our Tribeca Talks Industry panels to our Future of Film Lunch Series to our Third Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards—now it is not just filmmakers, producers and distributors who make up the “industry” at Tribeca but digital marketers, technologists, and brand executives as well.

So if you, eat, drink and breathe digital media and technology as so many of us do—here are a few things to attend (or watch online) over the next two weeks (for more details visit

Future of Film Lunch Series
Monday, April 23-Thursday, April 26
12 pm to 1:30 pm
Admission: Free/No Ticket Required
Video highlights will be available following the event via Tribeca’s website

The Future of Film Lunch Series will be hosted by and taking place at 92YTribeca, will feature presentations and discussions with people such as @MediaReDEF’s Jason Hirschhorn, Union Square VenturesAndy Weissman, Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum, Tumblr founder David Karp, College Humor as well as Vimeo founder Ricky Van Veen as well as many others. Find the complete schedule here

Tribeca Film Institute Interactive Day
Monday, April 23
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Admission: Open to all TFF badge holders

Programmed with XO Labs, TFI Interactive Day will bring together leading thinkers from the fields of media, entertainment, education and technology to share their insights and inspire content creators to rethink paradigms. Conversations will range from an interactive case study of the multi-platform rollout of HBO’s Game of Thrones to the signature insights of The Onion’s Digital Director Baratunde Thurston to a conversation about the funding of transmedia projects.

Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards
Friday, April 26
Admission: Must apply for accreditation here.
The Awards will be streamed live via Tribeca’s website

In association with Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen and hosted by the NYU Stern School of Business, the third annual awards will present Lifetime Achievement Awards to Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square, and John Wood, founder of Room to Read. (Wood has opened over 13,500 libraries around the world at a cost of $5,000 per library.) Other honorees include Filmmakers Ed Burns and Tiffany Shlain, founder of DefJam Records Rick Rubin, DARPA, and the Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing among others.

Tribeca Talks Industry
Daily, April 20 to April 27
2:30 pm at SVA Theater
Admission: Free/Open to the Public

This perennial series of talks focuses on key developments in the film industry. Our 2012 lineup includes a number of discussions about the role of technology in film production, distribution and marketing. This year’s participants include Cinelan Co-Founder Morgan Spurlock, Time Warner Cable’s Jeff Hirsch, SAP’s Richard Whittington, Canon Technical’s Chuck Westfall, Kodak's Bob Mastronardi, and Panavision's Peter Brogna and Mike Dallatorre among others.

Side By Side (a new documentary premiering at the Festival)
Screens four times throughout the Festival
Admission: Purchase Tickets Online

In this film, producer Keanu Reeves interviews many of the most innovative game-changers in the world of cinema to examine how the digital age has transformed the movies. George Lucas, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and Andy and Lana Wachowski are just a few of the filmmakers who share their insights about the future of film.

Focus Forward—Short films, big ideas
Wednesday, April 25
3:00 pm at Tribeca Cinemas
Admission: Free/No Ticket Required

The world premiere of four new short documentaries from world-renowned filmmakers is the result of a collaboration between Cinelan and GE. The films will also be shown across digital platforms—a great example of the increasing work between filmmakers and brand marketers.

Since the launch of Tribeca’s Future of Film blog one year ago, filmmakers, digital media executives and technologists have coalesced to use the blog as a platform for sharing ideas about the future of our “industry.” Over the next two weeks, that community is coming to life in New York City—join us!

Date Title Time Venue Address
4/20 Tribeca Talks Industry: Film and Brands 2:30-4:00pm SVA-2 333 West 23rd Street
4/21 Tribeca Talks Industry: ESPN Films - Beyond the Playing Field 2:30-4:00pm SVA-2 333 West 23rd Street
4/22 Tribeca Talks Industry: Imagine More 2:30-4:00pm SVA-2 333 West 23rd Street
4/23 Future of Film Lunch Series 12:00-1:30pm 92Y 200 Hudson Street
Tribeca Film Institute Interactive Day 9:30am-4:30pm    
Tribeca Talks Industry: The Business of Entertainment 2:30-4:00pm SVA-2 333 West 23rd Street
4/24 Future of Film Lunch Series 12:00-1:30pm 92Y 200 Hudson Street
Tribeca Talks Industry: The Future is Short - Storytelling in the Digital Age 2:30-4:00pm SVA-2 333 West 23rd Street
Side by Side (screening) 8:30pm SVA-2 333 West 23rd Street
4/25 Future of Film Lunch Series 12:00-1:30pm 92Y 200 Hudson Street
Focus Forward: Short Films, Big Ideas 3:00pm TC-2 54 Varick Street
4/26 Future of Film Lunch Series 12:00-1:30pm 92Y 200 Hudson Street
Tribeca Talks Industry: Does the Cloud Have a Silver (Screen) Lining? 2:30-4:00pm SVA-2 333 West 23rd Street
Side by Side (screening) 7:00pm AV7-2 66 3rd Avenue
4/27 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards 10am-4:00pm NYU Tisch Hall 40 West 40th Street
Tribeca Talks Industry: New Filmmakers on Films 2:30-4:00pm SVA-2 333 West 23rd Street
Side by Side (screening) 2:30pm AV7-3 66 3rd Avenue
4/28 Side by Side (screening) 4:00pm AV7-2 66 3rd Avenue


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