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Stars Flood TriBeCa Streets For Annual Film Fest

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It's Hollywood on the Hudson again as movie stars and film lovers descend on Lower Manhattan this week for the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival.

The 11-day event kicked off Tuesday night with a reception at the State Supreme Courthouse downtown.

The Tribeca Film Festival was launched after the September 11th terror attacks to help revitalize Lower Manhattan.

On Wednesday co-founders Robert Deniro and Jane Rosenthal appeared at a media breakfast for the festival.

"It really continues to evolve and continues to really stay with our core principals, our core principals have always been community, innovation, discovery and industry," Rosenthal said.

This year, 89 feature films will be shown along with 60 short films.

Organizers say their unique catalog offers something for everyone.

"It's definitely about breadth and we want to have good films for everyone. New York is such an amazing audience. There are so many communities here so we want to have the best films for every kind of movie goer," said Festival Programmer Cara Cusumano.

"You know, to me, it's like the people's festival of Tribeca. It's like the most democratic, open, warm festivals. It's not a huge marketplace. You don't feel like everyone's here to absolutely judge you forever like you do at some festivals," said Filmmaker Raymond de Felitta.

Organizers say this year's offerings were chosen from nearly 6,000 entries with a new programming team at the helm.

"This is a program that for us really is kind of a breakthrough in terms of the balance and diversity that we have in our competitions, which is something we are really proud of," said Chief Creative Officer Geoffrey Gilmore.

"We really feel like this exhibits the sort of breadth and range of the program, from foreign films to documentaries," said Director of Programming Genna Terranova.

This year's festival runs through Sunday, April 29.

For a complete list of events, visit

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