Eight video games will go head to head in a first-of-its-kind event at Tribeca Film Festival.
Presented by AT&T, the 2021 Tribeca Festival unveiled its Tribeca Games lineup for this summer. Eight games will join as Official Selections of the festival, a first-of-its-kind opportunity for multiple video games in a film festival format since Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire became the first video game ever to be honored as Official Selection at the 2011 Festival.
The games will be in competition with each other for the inaugural Tribeca Games Award, which honors an unreleased game for its potential for excellence in art and storytelling through design, artistic mastery and highly immersive worlds.
“For over a decade, our mission has been to be a catalyst for placing games and their creators at the forefront of mainstream and artistic culture alongside film, TV and VR/AR,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “We continue to embrace the cross pollination and intersection of these storytellers with this year’s Tribeca Games Official Selections. And this is just the beginning.”
Tribeca Games will kick off with a special live outdoor concert hosted by Rockstar Games at The Battery in New York City. The show will Red Dead Redemption 2 Original Soundtrack producer, Daniel Lanois, his band and some very special guests performing versions of highlight songs from the video game.
The 2021 Tribeca Festival Games Official Selections are as follows:
- Harold Halibut (World Premiere) – Germany
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits (World Premiere) – United States
- Lost in Random (World Premiere) – Sweden
- NORCO (World Premiere) – United States
- Sable (World Premiere) – United Kingdom
- Signalis (World Premiere) – Germany
- The Big Con (World Premiere) – Canada
- Twelve Minutes (World Premiere) – United States
“This year’s selections showcase the potential for phenomenal storytelling in interactive experiences, with characters and worlds that explore the deep connection we have to ourselves and the world around us,” said Casey Baltes, Vice President of Tribeca Games. “From action/adventure to interactive thriller to intimate point and click narratives, these selections demonstrate a range of story and gameplay as well as visual style. We fell in love with the characters and the worlds that each game presented to us.”
The Tribeca Games Spotlight, which is an online showcase of this year’s Official Selections, will feature exclusive gameplay footage as part of the Summer Game Fest, a free, all-digital seasonal event streaming online on Tribeca’s website, major streaming platforms, and summergamesfest.com. Tribeca Games will also have options for digital experiences as part of the Tribeca At Home virtual offerings. From June 11-20, game fans from around the world can be the first to experience playable hands-on digital demos, powered by Parsec’s remote interactive streaming technology, from emerging and established creators. Demo sessions may be reserved starting May 24 at www.tribecafilm.com/games.
For more information, visit tribecafilm.com/festival.