Tribeca Film Festival to go online

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: Have you always wanted to go to the Tribeca Film Festival? This year you may be able to attend from home. This week, the festival announced the debut of an online experience, called the “Tribeca (Online) Film Festival”.

Said the press release, “The Streaming Room will host six feature films from the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, including two that are making their world premieres at TFF, and 18 short films, four of which are world premieres, and 9 of which retrospective short films from past Tribeca Film Festivals. Each film will have three to five 24-hour screening windows, during which there will be a select number of “seats” available. Using an innovative digital reservation system, viewers can reserve “seats” at www.tribecaonline.com.”

So how do you get in on the deal? If you’re an American Express card member, you’ll get first dibs with a reservation window that opens on April 12. Continues the release, “online viewers will be able to vote for the Best Tribeca Online Feature Film, a prize of $25,000, sponsored by American Express, and Best Tribeca Online Short Film, a prize of $5,000, sponsored by Accenture.” The general public will get its first crack on April 18th.

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