Although it is only just over a decade old, the Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the most anticipated events of the movie calendar. Founded by a group headed by famed actor Robert DeNiro, this twelve year old festival features quality films from around the world.
Screen luminaries are in attendance each year, with many choosing Tribeca to showcase their personal projects. The result is a film festival that feels very intimate and non-commercial despite its very high profile.
Documentaries, international entries, and even a category for online film and video truly make this a well rounded festival that has one foot in the present and one foot in the future.
This year's Tribeca Film Festival will be held from April 16th to the 27th. Ticket packages go on sale in early March, with a weeklong pre sale for American Express card-members (AmEx has been a major sponsor of the festival since its inception).
Remaining tickets are sold in the days leading up to the event on a single ticket per screening basis. Occasionally, tickets are available for screening at the box office during the festival, though if you want to really get the true Tribeca experience, you would be best served by buying a festival pass.
VIP passes offer access to ALL screenings including premieres and special"gala" screenings. VIP guests are also able to attend Tribeca's lecture series, which features appearances by famous film-makers.
Guests with all access passes also enjoy free entry to the festival's Filmmaker Lounge and an invitation to the Filmmakers Party. There are a number of other ticket packages available, ranging from 10 to 20-screening passes. These are considerable cheaper, but they do not offer the same kind of "all-access" experience that the VIP passes offer.
TFF is certainly one of the highlights of April in New York City, but it is certainly not the only thing happening.
The springtime weather is usually ideal for experiencing the outdoor excitement of Times Square and Central Park, while some of the world's best restaurants are serving amazing meals all around the city.
Tribeca gives you that much more of a reason to visit what many people consider the world's greatest city. And as you can see from the ticket packages we just mentioned, this is one of the world's most accessible major festivals.
You don't have to be a super-rich Hollywood A-lister to experience EVERYTHING that Tribeca has to offer.
Why not participate even more fully by throwing your own post-screening event in the heart of the city.
The Manhattan Penthouse provides an ideal location for putting on an event that will fit right into the low key glamor that defines Tribeca. The huge windows of this top-floor event venue provide amazing views of the Big Apple, while the on-site event staff and spacious dining area provide the kind of service and atmosphere that even Hollywood elites would appreciate.
If you want to hold your event a little further outside of the city, the Cobble Close Farm is a great option. Located in coastal New Jersey, this French style mansion has a timeless atmosphere and space to host up to 300 guests for a before or after-festival soiree.
Yes, it is a little ways outside of Manhattan, but the authentic architecture and the 13 acres of gardens (which will be beginning to bloom by mid-April), will certainly make it worth the drive.
Or perhaps you'd rather keep a lower profile and enjoy the films while also taking in the best that the wider New York metro has to offer during the springtime.
We have several noteworthy vacation estates that will give you access to the festival and also put the best of the New York springtime at your fingertips while giving you a level of privacy that no hotel could ever provide.
The Sag Harbor Estate, in an exclusive enclave on Long Island, can provide both the privacy and comfort that you desire as well as putting you in touch with the often-overlooked natural beauty of this region of the East Coast.
Or you could search for another New York estate on our web site.
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