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Your Guide to the Virtual 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival and, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, this year anybody in the United States can still sign up and enjoy streaming movies from the comfort of home.

For New Yorkers, there are plenty of in-person screenings this year, but I am going to focus on recommending how can you attend virtually.

There are four ways to buy passes for online screenings.

  • Tribeca At Home Shorts Pass: watch all of the festival’s short films for $25.
  • Tribeca At Home Awards Pass: watch any of the films that win awards at the end of the festival for $50 on Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20.
  • Tribeca At Home Festival Pass: watch any of the films in the virtual program (features and shorts) from June 9 – June 23 for $150.
  • Individual Tickets are available for $15/each on each movie’s listing on the website and subject to sell out based on capacity limits.

How to watch: After you buy a pass or ticket, you will need to create an account for watch.tribecafilm.com if you haven’t already. The Tribeca At Home app is available on Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku devices for viewing on a television. You can also view on a computer or mobile device. You can register two devices at the same physical location in order to stream and each film is available to watch one time, expiring 48 hours after you press play. Check out the At Home portion of the FAQ for full details.

There are 56 World Premiere screenings available at this year’s festival and nearly everything that is playing within the five boroughs is also available for virtual attendees. If you’re going in blind, here are a few of the feature films that I’m looking forward to checking out this year that may be a good place for you to start:

There are also 35 films screening as Online Premieres that are supplementing the virtual pass and are not playing in-person at the festival. Considering the full $150 pass gives you access to everything in the program over the course of 15 days, it’s a pretty good value if you have the time to dive in!

Check back over the next two weeks as I work to review some of my favorite screenings of the fest. The in-person festival wraps up on the 20th, but access to the virtual screenings will continue through the 23rd.