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Tribeca Fest Runs Thru May 1

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The Tribeca Film Festival's Short Films Program -- 95 narrative and documentary works selected from 1,700 submissions -- opens today, April 22, in New York City. The short films, presented in narrative, documentary, and student competitions, range from experimental to animation to live action and originate from 24 countries across the globe. They will be programmed thematically in the festival's shorts program as well as screened before feature films.

The fourth annual Tribeca Film Festival, which began on Tuesday, features more than 250 features, documentaries, and shorts including 60 world premieres. While nearly half the films are from directors based in the United States, the fest also represents the work of filmmakers from 44 countries. The fest runs through May 1.

Feature selections for the festival include the following sections: wide-angle, showcase, restored/rediscovered and midnight. This group of films includes more than 65 works from 23 countries spanning the globe.

The films in the narrative feature film and documentary feature film competition categories were selected from over 1,500 films from all over the world. None of the films in these sections have been seen before in the U.S., and many are world premieres or international premieres (films screening for the first time outside their country of production). Countries represented include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkino Faso, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey and the U.S.

American Express is presenting the Spotlight and Special Screenings film selections. The two categories include 26 works from emerging and well-known filmmakers from around the world. The Spotlight category includes eight narrative and three documentary feature films. The Special Screenings category represents 15 New York premieres of films, 11 narrative and four documentary features. The films chosen for these two sections include works by some of the world's most honored filmmakers like Wong Kar-Wai, Ermanno Olmi and Peter Greenaway.

The fest also includes the Family Film Festival.

Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff co-founded the festival. Its executive director is Peter Scarlet.

For more information: www.tribecafilmfestival.org.

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