The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the lineup for its short-film program, featuring an Ebola documentary, Body Team 12, produced by Olivia Wilde and an ESPN 30 For 30 film about Nadia Comaneci directed by Katie Holmes.
In addition, Dick Van Dyke and Valerie Harper are among the stars of Merry Xmas, directed by Matthew Modine‘s son, Boman. Juliette Lewis, meanwhile, stars in artist Daniel Arsham‘s Future Relic 03. The shorts lineup, consisting of 60 films presented in nine thematic programs (five narrative sections, three documentary and one combined narrative and docs), also features a number of returning Tribeca alumni.
Wilde’s documentary was directed by four-time returning filmmakers David Darg and Bryn Mooser. Other Tribeca alumni returning with short films include filmmaker Stefan Nadelman, whose short Terminal Bar screened at the 2003 festival and is premiering his latest short film Last Call, and producer Ellen Bar, who produced the documentary feature Ballet 422 that premiered at the 2013 festival, and is screening the narrative short Early Sunday Morning, starring American Ballet Theatre dancers Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside. Andrew Jenks, who screened his sports doc The Zen of Bobby V at the 2008 festival, is returning with All American Family, about four generations of deaf star football players in California.
The narrative short film programs include “Family Dynamics” (with Merry Xmas); “Interference,” with “futuristic” and “fatalistic” films; “NY-Double Espresso,” with fictional stories of life in the city (including Early Sunday Morning); “Tightrope,” about situations involving “a delicate balancing act” and “FML,” about the consequences of living a digital life. The seven “FML” films will be part of the Tribeca Online Festival, debuting on tribecafilm.com three hours after the program’s theatrical premiere, where they can be viewed through the end of the festival.
The documentary short film programs consist of the following: “Be Yourself,” featuring personal stories about self-identity (including Holmes’ Comaneci film, Eternal Princess, and All American Family); “Home Improvement” (including Body Team 12); and “NY-Daily Grind” about real life in the city (including Last Call).
The combined narrative/doc program is “Gallery Opening,” which features artistic, cerebral films with visual storytelling (including Future Relic 03).
Recipients of Tribeca’s best narrative short and best documentary short awards will qualify for consideration for a best short film Oscar, provided the movie complies with Academy rules. The 2015 best live-action short, The Phone Call, won the best narrative short category at last year’s festival.
“Forty of the 60 shorts are making their world premiere at TFF, a record for the Festival,” Tribeca Enterprises’ director of short film programming and initiatives Sharon Badal said in a statement. “We’re excited to have discovered this wonderful new work.”
The featured shorts come from 18 different countries and were curated from 3076 submissions. The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival is set to run from April 15-26.