Tribeca Film Festival Announces “Innovation Week”

e Tribeca Film Festival has made significant strides to transform their trend-buoyed cachet into a boundary pushing enterprise. Last year, TFF introduced Storyscapes, a transmedia installation that probed the intersection of technology, interactivity and installation art, and this year, De Niro and Co. are extrapolating from the initiative, launching a full blown “Innovation Week.” From April 21-26, the festival hopes to become ground zero for hackers, screenwriters, engineers and venture capitalists alike, with a program centered around the Fifth Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA), Future of Film Live with Aaron Sorkin, Tribeca Hacks <Mobile>, a TFI Interactive summit, the Games for Change Festival and the sophomore Storyscapes.

The theme for the TDIAs is “From Outer Space to Inner Space: a New Sputnick Moment?” which will honor people in disparate fields as healthcare and sports. Just as SXSW achieved great success with their Interactive arm, the Innovation Week is an opportunity for Tribeca to engage demographics beyond their screening venues. A full list of the week’s events can be found below.

·      Future of Film Live Series (April 21 – 24) – This series of live programs explores and illuminates the status of story and cinematic narrative at the intersection of technology, culture and commerce. Each of the four live events uses vibrant cross-disciplinary conversation to uncover the prescient questions occupying artists, scientists, philosophers, technologists, entrepreneurs and audiences worldwide. Future of Film will kick off with a conversation with Oscar® and Emmy®-award winner Aaron Sorkin.

·      11th Annual Games for Change Festival (April 22 – 24 & 26) – Collaborating around the premise that digital games can effect positive social change, the largest gaming event in New York City is now part of the Tribeca Film Festival. This three-day international event held at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts unites innovators and game developers with change makers and educators who believe in the transformational power of games and game thinking. On April 26, G4C and TFF will host the Games for Change Public Arcade as part of the TFF Family Festival Street Fair in Lower Manhattan. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #G4C14

Previous attendees have included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Fast Company, Mashable, Microsoft, MIT Media Lab, The New York Times, the UN World Food Programme and Warner Bros…

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