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Tribeca Film Hot Topic

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 4, 2010 at 2:26AM

The hot topic of conversation at this Friday's Independent Spirit Awards will be the role of film festivals in distribution, as Tribeca Enterprises honchos Jane Rosenthal and ex-Sundance director Geoff Gilmore announce their plans to actively engage in distribution for indie films with backing from investor Jonathan Tisch and American Express. Gilmore has long indicated that this was a direction he wanted to take. Now he's acting on it. (Here's the NYT.)
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The hot topic of conversation at this Friday's Independent Spirit Awards will be the role of film festivals in distribution, as Tribeca Enterprises honchos Jane Rosenthal and ex-Sundance director Geoff Gilmore announce their plans to actively engage in distribution for indie films with backing from investor Jonathan Tisch and American Express. Gilmore has long indicated that this was a direction he wanted to take. Now he's acting on it. (Here's the NYT.)

Tribeca Film is taking further what other fests have started, including Sundance (which partnered rather unimpressively with YouTube this year) and SXSW (which works closely with IFC Films). “We’re trying to take it to a whole other level,” Gilmore told indieWIRE. Eugene Hernandez, David Poland and Ted Hope react. Gilmore and Rosenthal want to open up the distribution log jam, primarily via digital distribution. But Hope identifies what I see as the primary road block to instant-fest launches which so far have not been very successful: the marketing gap.

I will get back to this anon.


This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Independents, Exhibition, Tribeca, Sundance, SXSW


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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.