Tribeca Festival 2021: Narrative Competition

Tribeca Film Fest lineup of 2021 edition, June 9-20.

The 12-day event hosts in-person screenings and panels, most of which outdoors and at drive-in venues.

For the first time, Tribeca Film Festival takes place not just in lower Manhattan, but across New York City’s five boroughs.

“Despite challenges our industry faced this past year, it didn’t stop filmmakers, artists, and storytellers from creating compelling, entertaining, and thought-provoking content,” said Paula Weinstein, chief content officer of Tribeca Enterprises. “The selections for each of these categories represent the tenacity and commitment of our creative community and we are so proud to include them as part of this year’s Festival and share them with our returning in-person audiences.”

This year’s festival slate includes 64 films from 81 filmmakers from more than 23 different countries.

The lineup has 54 world premieres — including opening night, the musical In the Heights— one international premiere, four North American premieres, one U.S. premiere and three New York premieres.

In total, 11,222 titles were submitted in all categories, a record high for Tribeca.

Milestone for Representation:

More than 60% of the features playing at the festival were directed by female, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists.

Tribeca will run through Juneteenth, so the festival has curated special programing to celebrate the African diaspora emphasis on African American artists, performers and filmmakers. 

The feature films that were scheduled to premiere at the 2020 edition of Tribeca, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, have been invited back.

“After a year of closed cinemas, canceled gatherings, and virtual everything, it is with joy and hope that we finally invite New Yorkers out of their homes and back to the movies,” said Tribeca’s festival director and VP of programming Cara Cusumano. “Immersed in the city itself, Tribeca 2021 will bring once-in-a-lifetime big-screen experiences to filmmakers and audiences alike as we reconnect, re-imagine, and reopen through the shared experience of film.”

See the complete lineup below:


Catch the Fair One, directed and written by Josef Kubota Wladyka. Produced by Mollye Asher, Kimberly Parker, Josef Kubota Wladyka. (US) – World Premiere.

In this revenge thriller, executive produced by Darren Aronofsky, a Native American boxer embarks on the fight of her life when she goes in search of her missing sister.

With Kali Reis, Daniel Henshall, Tiffany Chu, Michael Drayer, Kimberly Guerrero, Lisa Emery, Kevin Dunn.

God’s Waiting Room, directed and written by Tyler Riggs. Produced by Tyler Riggs, Suvi Riggs. (US) – World Premiere.

As the summer drags on in central Florida, a young musician, a charismatic hustler, and a man after prison intersect on a dangerous path.

With Nisalda Gonzalez, Matthew Leone, Tyler Riggs, Michelle Nuñez, Ray Benitez, Renata Eastlick.  In English, Spanish with English subtitles.

Mark, Mary & Some Other People, directed and written by Hannah Marks. Produced by Hannah Marks, Pete Williams, Jon Lullo, Brendan Walter, Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams. (US) – World Premiere.

Young newlyweds Mark and Mary try exploring other sexual partners, with surprising results in this unexpectedly charming love story from writer/director Hannah Marks.

With Ben Rosenfield, Hayley Law, Odessa A’Zion, Nik Dodani, Matt Shively, Sofia Bryant.

The Novice, directed and written by Lauren Hadaway. Produced by Ryan Hawkins, Kari Hollend, Steven Sims, Zack Zucker. (US) – World Premiere.

Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, 2009) plays Alex Dal, a queer college freshman who joins her university’s rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost.

With Isabelle Fuhrman, Amy Forsyth, Dilone Kate Drummond, Jonathan Cherry, Charlotte Ubben.

Poser, directed by Ori Segev, Noah Dixon, written by Noah Dixon. Produced by Drew Johnson, Juli Sasaki, Brett Reiter, Josh Nowak. (United States) World Premiere.

Lennon observes on the sidelines of the thriving Columbus indie music scene, yearning for personal connection that might shepherd her into the inner sanctum. Enter the enigmatic Bobbi Kitten, who takes Lennon under her confident wing—unwittingly entangling herself in a dark obsession.

With Sylvie Mix, Bobbi Kitten.

Queen of Glory, directed and written by Nana Mensah. Produced by Jamund Washington, Kelley Robins Hicks, Baff Akoto, Nana Mensah, Anya Migdal. (US) – World Premiere.

Ghanaian-American Sarah is all set to abandon her Ivy League doctoral program to follow her married lover across the country. Her plans are derailed, however when her mother’s sudden death leaves her the owner of neighborhood bookshop in the Bronx.

With Nana Mensah, Meeko Gattuso, Oberon KA Adjepong, Adam Leon.

Part of the Juneteenth programming