Tribeca’s Female Directors Are Bigger Than Its Festival

Still from Maestra, directed by Maggie Contreras. Image courtesy of Foothill Productions.

Justine Triet took home this year’s Palme d’Or, the highly desired top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, where a third of the in-competition filmmakers were women. A third may not seem like a lot, but compared to five years ago (three female filmmakers in competition) or even ten years ago (one lone woman in competition), Cannes has made significant strides toward gender parity. So too have other film festivals, including Sundance––the Park City indie extravaganza boasted that over half of the featured directors in its 2023 edition were women or non-binary. Even more impressive is New York’s Tribeca Festival, where women make up a purported 68 percent of the filmmakers this year. Tribeca hasn’t been shy about touting this statistic, but what is the landscape like for the female filmmakers of this year’s festival?

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