Tribeca doubles business

More days, screenings, events help fest increase numbers

NEW YORK — Four extra days translated into nearly 200,000 more attendees, as the second annual Tribeca Film Festival tallied 350,000 admissions, more than double last year’s traffic.

Tribeca festival organizers said Tuesday that of the total, just over 72,000 attended film screenings and panel discussions, and more than 85% of available tickets were sold or distributed. More than 250,000 people were lured by the family-oriented outdoor street fair May 10, which capped the nine-day downtown community film fest.

According to final tallies, an estimated 15,000 people went to the MTV/VH1-sponsored rock and comedy concert in Battery Park and another 6,500 braved the drizzly weather for “drive-in” screenings of “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Diner” and “Grease” on Pier 25 in Hudson River Park.

The first Tribeca Film Festival, which spanned five days in May 2002, attracted some 150,000 people to lower Manhattan.

“We were thrilled with the turnout for this year’s festival,” said co-founder Jane Rosenthal, who noted that by adding more days, screenings and events this year, the sophomore edition of the event succeeded in one of its core missions: bringing as many people downtown as possible.

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