Tribeca sets ancillary events

Panels, awards focus on digital age

Tribeca Film Festival continues to expand the slate of extracurricular activities skedded during the fest later this month, adding an Interactive Day of panels and discussions centering on digital-age storytelling and the third annual Disruptive Innovation Awards, one of which will go to Justin Bieber.

The innovation kudos, which go to creators of new ideas in a variety of fields, will include lifetime achievement awards going to Jack Dorsey, a founder of Twitter and Square, and John Wood, creator of global literacy org Room to Read. Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun get a laurel for the singer’s new-media road to stardom.

Ed Burns, Pat Metheny, Rick Rubin and doc helmer Tiffany Shlain are among the other entertainment industry names to be honored. A book of the year trophy goes to Daniel Kahnehman’s look at cognition, “Thinking, Fast and Slow.”

Also planned during the 2012 festival is a slate of talks and events about the digital future. The Interactive Day includes a look at the multiplatform marketing strategy of “Game of Thrones” as well as panels about news and digital-age funding. Meanwhile, a lunch series centering on the future of film will host discussions between particpants including “Paranormal Activity” producers Jason Blum, Tumblr founder David Karp and the director of Kickstarter’s film program, Elisabeth Holm.

Interactive Day is set for April 23 with lunches skedded April 23-26, while the innovation kudos are handed out April 27. Tribeca Film Festival runs April 18-29.

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