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Tribeca Fest Co-Founder Celebrates Women Filmmakers

This year for the first time, half of the films in Tribeca's competition categories are directed or co-directed by women

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What to Know

  • Tribeca Film Festival co-founder encouraging women filmmakers to submit to future festivals
  • Half of this year's competition films are directed or co-directed by a female
  • Co-founder says the "window is going to stay open"

The co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival is calling on women filmmakers to keep building on the momentum of the #MeToo and Time's Up era.

This year for the first time, half of the films in Tribeca's competition categories are directed or co-directed by women. That's up from 44 percent last year.

Jane Rosenthal, who co-founded the festival with Robert De Niro, told attendees at a luncheon for women filmmakers Friday that if a window has now been opened, "it's only because of all of us that that window is going to stay open," and that necessary changes will be made.

Rosenthal told the crowd that they "cannot be the exception. We have to be the norm in every business."

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