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Tribeca Launches First-Ever Innovation Week, with Aaron Sorkin Kicking Off Future of Film Panel

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 12, 2014 at 12:58PM

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival is launching its first-ever “Tribeca Innovation Week.” Running April 21-26, the Innovation Week will be a place for coders, screenwriters, hackers, futurists, gamers, directors, engineers, venture capitalists, film financiers, techno radicals, the generally curious and anyone who has a story to tell, to explore convergence in media.
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Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival is launching its first-ever “Tribeca Innovation Week.” Running April 21-26, the Innovation Week will be a place for coders, screenwriters, hackers, futurists, gamers, directors, engineers, venture capitalists, film financiers, techno radicals, the generally curious and anyone who has a story to tell, to explore convergence in media.

The Week is anchored by the fifth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA) and five other major events. Full events for the week include TDIA, which will honor  innovators, pioneers and game-changers across various disciplines (this was previously was open only by invitation); the Future of Film Live panel series, which will kick off with a conversation with Oscar winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin; Storyscapes, a showcase of transmedia projects; Tribeca Hacks <Mobile>, the culmination of a two-day hackathon that unites technologists and content creators; the daylong TFI Interactive summit, an initiative of the nonprofit Tribeca Film Institute; and the Games for Change Festival, in its first installment as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.

A newly created Innovation Pass will offer access to some of the fest’s newest and most popular programs, many of which were previously closed to the public.

The Tribeca Film Fest, now in its 13th edition, runs April 16-27. More info and a schedule for the Innovation Week is here.

This article is related to: Festivals, Tribeca Film Festival, Aaron Sorkin, Digital Future


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.