Tribeca Film Institute announces education programs for 12000 students

NEW YORK, USA - The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced its 2011 educational programs, highlighted by two new initiatives. The first is an in-school program that will provide 100 New York City public school classrooms with TFI Teaching Artists, experienced filmmakers who will assist teachers in implementing the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: The Moving Image curriculum and improving their instructional practice around the media arts. The second is TFI's first bilingual, after-school film program in Manhattan's Chinatown. Both programs will kick off this month.

TFI's expanded youth programming complements the established Tribeca Youth Screening Series and TFI Teen Programs (Tribeca Film Fellows and Our City My Story) that will take place during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), from April 20 May 1, 2011. As it enters its 10th year, the not-for-profit organization will offer more than 12,000 New York City public school students the opportunity to make, watch and learn through and about film.

As citizens of our nation s cultural capital, New York City students should have the best tools available to unlock their creative potential and pursue higher education, said Beth Janson, newly appointed Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute. We're proud to be able to expand and enhance our multi-dimensional approach to using film and the media arts as a creative and educational tool.

We now have the capacity to provide even more students with access to films and filmmaking, said Lisa Lucas, Director of Education for the Tribeca Film Institute. This year, teachers will receive the additional training they need to support sophisticated film-based art-making in the classroom and students will get the direct benefit of TFI's experienced teaching artists as we launch the next phase of the Moving Image Blueprint curriculum.  Together, we are offering young filmmakers new ways to tell their stories, expanding audiences for independent film, and making the film industry more accessible to our city's teens.

Through four tiers of programming, TFI will offer a diverse slate of programs that address the needs of educators, young filmmakers, students and the field at large throughout 2011.

Applications to participate in the program are now open. TFI will also continue to offer free screenings to youth, after school arts programs and competitions where you could receive a $1500 scholarship.

Log on to the Tribeca Film Institute for more details to get a kick start in your film career.

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