The Tribeca Film Festival was conceived by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival began in 2002 and takes place in the spring.
A full description of the 2005 New York Festival will be posted here in September.
The 42nd New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and sponsored by Diet Coke, HSBC Bank USA, N.A, and The New York Times, ran from October 1 through October 17, 2004, at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Now in its fourth year, the Festival's mission is to create platforms for filmmakers to reach the best possible audience for their work.
1 May 1963, New York Times, pg. 35:
MAJOR FILM FETE
PLANNED FOR CITY
International Event Will Be
Held at Lincoln Center
By EUGENE ARCHER
The first major international film festival to be organized for New York City will take place in September at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Twenty new films, selected from the best presented at other international festivals this spring and summer, will e shown here for the first time. The event is designed as a festival of festivals, along the lines of the annual London Film Festival.
6 December 2001, New York Times, pg. E1:
De Niro Plans a TriBeCa Film Festival to Help Lift Spirits Downtown
By JESSE McKINLEY
Robert De Niro and the film producer Jane Rosenthal say they are ready to start a film festival in their neighborhood, TriBeCa, an event intended to bring some economic and emotional relif to the beleaguered southern tip of Manhattan.
Their TriBeCa Film Festival is to begin on May 1 with about 40 world premieres of independent and studio films, which will be eligible for jury awards, said Ms. Rosenthal, who founded TriBeCa Productions with Mr. De Niro in 1988.