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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Kevin Spacey Announce Second Annual Tribeca Film Festival

Festival Returns To Showcase Great Movies & CelebrateCultural Vitality Of Lower Manhattan

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Tribeca Film Festival co-founders RobertDe Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and Tribeca Film InstituteBoard Member Kevin Spacey announced the Second Annual Tribeca FilmFestival in Lower Manhattan. Due to the overwhelming success of lastyear’s inaugural event, the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival will include anexpanded schedule, more diverse programming and additional specialevents. The Festival, which is presented by American Express, will takeplace from Saturday, May 3, through Sunday, May 11, 2003.

“Last year’s Tribeca Film Festival was a great success on all frontsand a tribute to the cultural vitality and strength of LowerManhattan,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The Festival brought thousands offilmmakers and film lovers to the area from all over the world, whichwas precisely what Lower Manhattan and our City’s economy neededpost-September 11th. Our cultural life is energized when New Yorkerslike Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff create eventslike this that showcase New York City. I’d like to thank AmericanExpress for their continued support of the Tribeca Film Festival and somany other events. We look forward to another successful festivalfilled with lots of movie magic.”

“Last year’s Festival was a dream come true,” said Robert De Niro.”What started as an idea thirteen years ago became the start of anannual film festival to celebrate both the world of film and thestrength and vitality of Lower Manhattan. We were thrilled with theturnout last year, and look forward to doing it again this year.”

“We could not have been happier with the success of the firstTribeca Film Festival,” said Jane Rosenthal. “The thousands of peoplewho traveled to Tribeca to experience the screenings and events broughta sense of renewed hope and energy to Lower Manhattan that was beyondour expectations. Moving into our second year, it is once again ourgoal to invite the world to come to Tribeca to experience a filmfestival that everyone can enjoy – from those who are deeply involvedin the industry to those who simply enjoy a good movie.”

“The Tribeca Film Festival is a tremendous event that helps bringexcitement and business to downtown New York,” said John Hayes,executive vice president, Global Advertising and Brand Management ofAmerican Express. “We are proud to be the founding sponsor of theFestival. American Express is committed to the people, the progress andthe promise of Lower Manhattan and it’s gratifying to see our cityvibrant again through the help of the Tribeca Film Festival and manyother activities.”

Tribeca Film Institute Board Member and TriggerStreet ProductionsFounder Kevin Spacey also announced the creation of a new award for theFestival. A

Budweiser New Filmmaker Award will be presented to a Tribeca FilmFestival participant for the first time at the 2003 Festival.

“We are proud to be a part of the Second Annual Tribeca FilmFestival,” said Kevin Spacey. “Like, the Tribeca FilmFestival is a great opportunity for new filmmakers to be discovered andwe are thrilled to have the chance to present this award.”

The 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, under the direction of new ExecutiveDirector Peter Scarlet, will include a greater number of films fromaround the world and five additional award categories, givingfilmmakers an even greater opportunity to earn recognition. This year’sfestival will include the premieres of more than 200 feature films,documentaries, and film shorts as well as restored classics andHollywood studio premieres. A “Filmmaker Forum” which will includevarious events specifically designed for film professionals and a broadshowcase of independently produced films both American andinternational will form the focus of the program along with specialspotlights on music films, restored classics and a 25th anniversarytribute to the Black Filmmaker Foundation. The Family Festival will beexpanded to two weekends (May 3-4 and May 10-11) and take place onGreenwich Street. Lastly, the festival will once again host the popularoutdoor Rock & Comedy concert.

The Tribeca Film Festival is an opportunity for the general publicto view a wide variety of the world’s best films before they get pickedup from a major studio. For first-time filmmakers, it is a chance topremiere their films and a time for veterans to showcase their mostrecent work. At the event, national and international talent willmingle with members of the NYC film community, emerging and establishedfilmmakers from all over the world during the week when more than 200features, documentaries and shorts will be screened alongside galapremieres of major studio releases. All screenings and events will takeplace in locations throughout Tribeca.

“We are pleased that Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and CraigHatkoff have recommitted themselves to helping Lower Manhattan and therest of our City by holding the 2nd Annual Tribeca Film Festival thiscoming spring,” said Empire State Development Chairman Charles A.Gargano. “Based on the overwhelming success of the first Tribeca FilmFestival, I am confident that their efforts will again provide New YorkCity with a tremendous economic boost.”

“As the independent filmmaking capital of the United States and oneof the world’s largest international production centers, there is nobetter location for a film festival than New York City,” said Mayor’sOffice of Film, Television and Broadcasting Commissioner KatherineOliver. “Years ago, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal helped totransform Tribeca into a thriving and creative hub for filmmakers. Now,they’ve now taken their commitment one giant step forward, and continueto build the Tribeca Film Festival, which effectively supports theefforts of the 100,000 New Yorkers who make movies in the City everyyear.”

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, JaneRosenthal and Craig Hatkoff to celebrate New York City as a majorfilmmaking capital and to contribute to the long-term recovery of LowerManhattan after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The First AnnualTribeca Film Festival had a tremendous economic impact on New YorkCity. The event attracted more than 150,000 people from around theglobe to Lower Manhattan for five days of film screenings, paneldiscussions, an all-day outdoor family festival and a free publicconcert. The organizers of the film festival estimate that the eventgenerated more than $10 million for the City in production costsincluding approximately 3,600 hotel room nights booked south of CanalStreet and approximately 90,000 restaurant meals.

Films that were screened at the first Tribeca Film Festival (TFF)went on to win more than a dozen awards and several of the shortfilmmakers have been tapped for feature development at variousproduction companies after showcasing their shorts at the festival.Some of the more noteworthy film successes from the 2002 Festivalinclude: Roger Dodger (World Premiered at TFF, bought by Artisan),Standing in the Shadows of Motown (World Premiered at TFF, voted BestDocumentary of 2002 by the New York Film Critics’ Circle), Interviewwith the Assassin (World Premiered at TFF, bought by Magnolia Pictures)and Uncle Frank (World Premiered at TFF, bought by HBO).

In addition, the film “About a Boy” starring Hugh Grant and ToniCollette, which premiered at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at lastyear’s festival and was produced by De Niro and Rosenthal’s TribecaProductions, is up for an Academy Award in the “Best AdaptedScreenplay” category. More than half of all of this year’s AcademyAward Nominations went to films shot on location in New York, or to NewYork-based production companies.

Tickets for film screenings and other events will go on sale inApril. For more information on the Tribeca Film Festival, the publicshould call 1-866-941-FEST (3378), or visit