The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, today announced its 2019 lineup of
63 diverse and engaging short films in competition, including 31 world premieres. This year’s shorts program includes a cross-
section of international and U.S. filmmakers, curated from a record 5131 submissions with female filmmakers directing 45% of
the selections. The short films will be presented in 11 distinct competition programs, consisting of six narrative, four
documentary, and one animation program. There will also be special screening programs for the annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports
Film Festival and the debut of shorts from The Queen Collective, a program aimed at accelerating gender and racial equality
behind the camera. The 2019 shorts lineup is programmed by Sharon Badal and Ben Thompson. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival
takes place April 24 – May 5.
“We spent a great deal of time curating programs that reflect the diverse interests of our audiences,” said Sharon Badal, Vice
President of Filmmaker Relations and Shorts Programming. “This year we emphasize identity, community, and humanity while
also entertaining our audience with some laughter, fun, and adventure.”
The flagship New York Shorts Program this year is entitled Streetwise and contains all world premiere narrative films, and back
by popular demand are comedy (Funhouse) and sci-fi (Down to Earth). Among the new programs are the music-focused On
Tour and the female-focused No Shortcuts documentary programs, and curated especially for late-night is the self-explanatory
This year’s shorts program continues Tribeca’s tradition of discovering talent and encouraging filmmaker alumni development.
Alumni returning this year with short films include Alexandra Barreto (Lady Hater), Matthew Bonifacio (Master Maggie), 2019
Oscar ® nominee Marshall Curry (The Neighbors’ Window) David Darg (Lazarus), Lance Edmands (Whiteout,) Henry Hayes
(Rogers and Tilden), Nadia Hallgren (After Maria), Jonathan Halperin (These American Truths), Scott Floyd Lochmus
(Metronome) Smriti Mundhra (St. Louis Superman), Dana Nachman (Hook Up 2.0) and Victoria Rivera (Night Swim).
Some of the notable actors featured in the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Shorts Film program include Lorraine Bracco, Brian
Dennehy, Veronica Dunne, Brianna Hildebrand, Amanda Plummer, Bella Ramsey, and Keenan Thompson.
Tribeca’s Short Film program celebrates international storytelling with 44% of its selections representing 19 countries,
including: Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway,
Peru, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The 2019 Oscar winner Bao, directed by Domee Shi world premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and is the latest in the
Festival’s long tradition of curating films that have been nominated or won an Oscar. Recipients of the Tribeca Film Festival
awards for Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Animated Short will qualify for consideration in the
Academy Awards’ Short Films category, provided the film complies with Academy rules. Tribeca Film Festival also gives out a
Student Visionary Award to a student filmmaker.
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