Tribeca Film Festival Competition and Spotlight films announced

34 feature films from 25 countries to battle it out

by Amber Wilkinson

The 2007 Tribeca Film Festival announced the line-ups for its World Narrative and World Documentary Feature Film Competitions as well as its selections in the Spotlight category for the sixth annual festival, taking place from April 25 to May 6.

The festival will screen 159 feature films and 85 shorts selected from 4,550 film submissions.

This year it is featuring 75 World Premieres, four International Premieres, 32 North American Premieres, 18 US Premieres and 20 New York City Premieres.

Eighteen narrative features and 16 documentary features will compete for combined unrestricted cash prizes amounting $100,000.

The Spotlight section presents a combination of both narrative and documentary films that were created by acclaimed filmmakers, including Michael Apted, John Dahl, Patrice Leconte, Shane Meadows, Goran Paskaljevic and Carlos Sorin. These directors are part of a diverse line-up of 22 features from nine different countries.

Co-founder of the festival Jane Rosenthal said: "The festival, while young, continues to attract films expressing compelling views from filmmakers from around the globe and around the corner.

"This year’s festival presents diverse, original, and, most of all, good storytelling which will encourage dialogue, entertain, and celebrate filmmaking."

Festival Executive director Peter Scarlet added: "Our Festival, and especially its narrative competition, continues to present outstanding new work by some of the top names on the international scene as well as by striking new voices.

"And as in years past, we hope that our selection of documentaries will provide viewers with a few useful tools in making sense of our increasingly confusing world."

Keeping the British flag flying are eShane Meadows' excellent This Is England and Andrew Piddington's The Killing Of John Lennon in the Spotlight section, while UK documentaries, John Laurence's I Am An American Soldier: One Year in Iraq With The 101st Airborne, West Bank Doc A Slim Peace (directed by Yael Luttwak) and AIDs orphanage exploration We Are Together (directed by Paul Taylor) are in competition.

Read details of all the films by section:

World Competition Narrative Feature Films

World Competition Documentary Films

Spotlight

Encounters

Midnight

Discovery

Showcase

Family Film Festival

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