Tribeca Unveils First Round Of Speakers, New Panel & VR Experiences For 2016

The Tribeca Film Festival has a few changes in store for the 2016 event and has today announced a new panel series, “Tribeca Talks: Storytellers,” will debut during the 15th edition of the festival, happening April 13-24 in New York City. In addition the first round of speakers and virtual reality experiences were also unveiled.

Held at the Tribeca Festival Hub, which returns this year to Spring Studios, along with other to-be-announced venues, Tribeca Talks: Storytellers is a series of in-depth conversations with leading creators from diverse backgrounds, including actors, musicians, artists, and writers, providing a platform to discuss and explore their careers and crafts conversationally. The first two speakers announced are Tina Fey and Tom Hanks, with more Storytellers appearances to come.

Meanwhile, the festival will explore the possibilities of virtual reality technology during Imagination Day, Powered By The Hatchery, an all-day summit happening April 19. Discussing the theme “What happens when our wildest dreams become reality and what will that reality be in our not-so-distant future?”, the first round of participants includes Sir Richard Branson and Google ATAP’s Regina Dugan, joined by Second Life and High Fidelity founder Philip Rosedale, VR directors Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël of Felix & Paul Studios, and STRIVR founder and CEO Derek Belch.

Felix & Paul Studios will also be the Tribeca Hub’s “Featured Creator” for 2016, where a selection of their work, including Inside Impact: East Africa with President Bill Clinton, Cirque du Soleil’s Inside the Box of Kurios, and Nomads: Maasai will be featured throughout the space.

Other events at the Hub include: the fourth year of Storyscapes, a juried section showcasing groundbreaking exhibits in technology and interactive storytelling; the fifth annual TFI Interactive an all-day forum for creatives from media, gaming and technology that will also feature an “interactive playground,” for audiences to play and explore a range of works from VR.

Additional programming and details will be announced in 2016. Festival Hub passes are available now to the general public with an early discount price of $399.00 lasting through December 31. The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival is presented by AT&T.

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