Twenty-six world premieres among lineup of 60

World preems from Neil LaBute and Edward Burns are among the 60 short films to be screened as part of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

With a roster of performers and interview subjects including Michael Fassbender, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sting, Lily Tomlin and Jamie Lee Curtis, the films are divided into nine programs, with five dedicated to narrative shorts, three for doc outings and one for experimental works.

Both the LaBute short, “BFF,” and Burns’ “Doggy Bags” will screen as part of the guy-centric Gotham lineup of the seven-film “Men-Hattan” program. “BFF” follows a man helping out his female best friend whose boyfriend may be cheating on her, while “Doggy Bags” centers on a guy who thinks the woman he’s dating may be hiding something.

Other narrative pics are grouped into themes of self-discovery in “Character Flaws,” overturned expectations in “Status Update,” decision aftermaths in “Fallout” and intimate personal challenges in “Escape Clause.”

Doc offerings are collected into programs that address tough situations in “Help Wanted” or offer quick takes on resonant subjects in “Long Story Short.” Three docs about art and beauty have been strung together into the “Tryptich” slate, while experimental films are clustered in the multi-culti “Journeys Across Cultural Landscapes.”

As was the case last year, the winner of Tribeca’s award for short narrative film will automatically qualify for a potential Oscar nom, bypassing the Academy’s theatrical run regulations. Tribeca’s 2011 winner of the kudo, “Pentecost,” was tapped for an Oscar nom earlier this year.

Selected from 2,800 submissions, this year’s shorts come from 25 countries. The nine programs will screen during the Tribeca fest April 18-29.

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