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Tribeca Festival Logs Strong Attendance, Ticket Sales

The 2013 edition reported sales of 95% of tickets available to all fest events

A total of 117,000 people turned out for the screenings and events of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, according to figures reported by the fest, with more than 95% of all available tickets sold.

The attendance tally goes up to 450,000 when it includes the fest’s free community events, such as this year’s outdoor screenings of pics including “The Birds,” “Beetlejuice” and Tribeca doc “Lil Bub and Friendz.”

Among the standout buzzmagnets of the festival’s overall programming — a wide-ranging array of offerings from traditional movies to a hackathon to a street fair — were the forays into new media, which has been a focus of growth for the Tribeca team.

Streaming footage of the festival’s April 27 screening of vidgame “Beyond: Two Souls” — seen in an extended gameplay excerpt, followed by a panel featuring gamemaker David Cage and star Ellen Page — has been viewed online more than 2 million times. The showcase of the fest’s first lineup of cross-platform interactive projects, Storyscapes, was entirely sold out, according to fest programming director Genna Terranova.

Industry attendance hit 832. The festival didn’t yield any major mid-fest sales, although it kicked off with an initial announcement of Anchor Bay’s acquisition of genre outing “Mr. Jones” just ahead of that pic’s April 19 bow. Around the same time came news of FilmBuff’s pickup of “Red Obsession,” the Sino-wino doc that played Tribeca but had its world preem earlier this year at Berlin, and GoDigital scored the digital and VOD rights to pro skateboarder doc “The Motivation” prior to its world preem April 25.

Still, there were plenty of acquisitions execs sniffing around for product, and potential deals may still come together in the coming weeks. “We had a good crop of buyers here who seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the work,” said Geoff Gilmore, Tribeca Enterprise’s creative director.

Comprising 89 features and 60 shorts, the 2013 Tribeca fest closed with a restored print of “Kings of Comedy” April 27, and officially wrapped the next day with screenings of competish and audience award winners including narrative feature winner “The Rocket.”

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