Podcasts are going mainstream! For the first time, the Tribeca Film Festival announced that its 2021 in-person festival in New York June 9-20 will welcome podcasts as part of their program with live discussions and recordings.
They believe it’s the first major film festival to premiere official selection podcasts, and they are doing as part of the 20th anniversary of Tribeca Films alongside Audible, their first-ever audio sponsor.
Their featured podcast program will include Jad Abumard discussing his work on Radiolab, More Perfect, Dolly Parton’s America, and more with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Jason Reitman; Ear Hustle, the first podcast created and produced in prison and features stories of the daily realities of life inside California’s San Quentin State Prison; and the new Apple TV+ podcast about Siegfried & Roy, produced by Will Malnati and Steven Leckart.
“The past few years have seen an explosion in the popularity of podcasts, making this the perfect time to introduce our inaugural Tribeca Podcast Program,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder, and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and the Tribeca Festival. “We look forward to welcoming the creative forces behind this year’s most anticipated new programs.”
“2020 saw so many people seek new forms of entertainment as theaters, sports arenas, and museums had to temporarily close their doors. For so many podcasts became not only a source of entertainment but also a source of comfort,” said Paula Weinstein, Chief Content Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. “We’re thrilled to launch Tribeca Podcasts at this year’s Festival.”
“From Immersive in 2013, to TV in 2016, Tribeca has always been at the forefront of embracing new modes of cinematic storytelling, “ said Cara Cusumano, Festival Director and Vice President of Programming for the Tribeca Festival. “Now with Tribeca Podcasts, we are once again expanding the scope of our programming to spotlight the innovative creators and stories happening in the audio form.”
The website for the festival includes a link to their podcasts, although it is not updated as of this time.