Written by on 20.04.18

Are you tired of the same themes and stories found in most mainstream movies? Have you ever considered supporting artists who are just starting out in the film industry? If so, you might just love the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF).

History of the Festival

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff put together the Tribeca Film Festival in order to revitalize the community in lower Manhattan. Since then, the festival has evolved into an 11-day celebration of film and culture, allowing new artists to be heard as well as giving the audience an inside look at more popular work. Nelson Mandela attended the opening of the festival.

Since then many other celebrities have made appearances to support art and peace, including Robin Williams, Tom Cruise and Hillary Clinton. Movies and TV shows popular today have also made appearances at the TFF, including the premiere of “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” (2002), the last episode of “Friends” (2004), and the North American premiere of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” (2011).

The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Whether you’re a movie fanatic or just a casual watcher, you’ll love the TFF. Tickets start at only $23/evening, with cheaper tickets for matinees. There are also bundles that can let you get a few tickets at a lower price or a pass that will let you visit even more events. This year you can catch the premier of “Love, Gilda” as well as classics like “Scarface” and new short films. For small prices, you can have days of entertainment that could be excellent for date nights or friend groups. And, there are breaks between films, which can give you a chance to explore Manhattan.

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Near the Beacon Theatre

There are a number of great restaurants near the Beacon Theatre. If you’re in the mood for sushi, Sushi Yasaka is highly rated. As far as Italian food goes, you have several options, like Salumeria Rosi or ‘Cesca. If Mediterranean is your thing, check out TESSA. After your visit, if you find yourself falling in love with the area, there are some beautiful apartments nearby. The Regency Towers are less than three miles from the Beacon Theatre, and the Wellesley is only one and a half miles away!Carlton Towers is also close.

Even if you know nothing about film, you will probably enjoy the Tribeca Film Festival. Whether you check it out for one day or visit throughout the 11 days, you’re sure to find short films or movies that become favorites. Celebrate art and peace with the best Manhattan has to offer!

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