Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal Talk Tribeca Film Festival's History & What To Expect This Year

April 06, 2018 - 12:54 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- This year's Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, April 18 and runs to April, 29.

Festival co-founders Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal talked about the history of the festival and gave 1010 WINS a sneak peek of what to expect this year.

"Tribeca as a festival -- that was an activist festival -- was founded after 9/11 to really bring people back to a community, we've always had a political bent on the kind of programs that we have and what we program," Rosenthal said when asked if movements such as "#MeToo," and "Time's Up" played a part in this year's theme or movie selection.

"This year it was very deliberate to look at, have a call for submission from women filmmakers and to really try to have 50/50 in terms of women-directed films. We got to 46 so we're really proud of that," Rosenthal added.

When asked if the festival has evolved from its inception as a means to revitalize the area, DeNiro said yes it has morphed into other things and said, "I do wish we still had the street festival."

"As a young festival we were always about pushing boundaries and always about pushing boundaries as storytelling, so whether it was at year five having a film made on a Nokia cell phone -- not even an iPhone at the time -- we screened it. We're always about looking at new ways of storytelling."

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For more information on this year's films, Tribeca Immersive or the "Tribeca Talks" Director's Series, click here.

About the Tribeca Film Festival:

The Tribeca Film Festival is the leading cultural event that brings visionaries and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, VR, gaming, music, and online work. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is a platform for creative expression and immersive entertainment. The Festival champions emerging and established voices; discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators; curates innovative experiences; and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.

The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. Now in its 17th year, the Festival has evolved into a destination for creativity that reimagines the cinematic experience and explores how art can unite communities.

More Information:

Single ticket costs are $23.00 for evening and weekend screenings, $12.00 for weekday matinee screenings, $30.00 for special screenings and Tribeca TV, $40.00 for Tribeca Talks and Tribeca Immersive, and $15 for Tribeca Cinema360.

Tickets can be purchased:

Online at

Telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378), 

Ticket outlets located at Cinépolis Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street)  

The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival App, available on iTunes and Google Play

Tickets to special events at Beacon Theatre are available at Ticketmaster via