Nicole Bartelme originated the Tribeca Film Festival, based in lower Manhattan with its focus on independent filmmakers and films with innovative sound tracks. Proceeds of the festival were to benefit ACE -the Association For Community Employment . A component of her blue print included a family day to celebrate film in the community, to appease rather than alienate its residents and enjoin them into the festivities. The late April dates she chose corresponded with potential Los Angles film buyers on route to Europe for the Cannes Film Festival. Bartelme, engaged in legalities with Jane Rosenthal of the Tribeca Film Center, relinquished all rights after 9/11, 2001. The Tribeca Film Festival was then launched in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. The Festival’s mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and allow its filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience. By upholding a belief in the artistic process as a means to tell the stories of loss and redemption, fear and prosperity, chaos and revolution with the spirit of independent film at the helm.
The Tribeca Film Festival is anchored in Tribeca and takes place in additional neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, featuring film screenings, special events, concerts, a family street fair, and panel discussions.