Director Johanna Hamilton’s Laura Poitras-back doc 1971 will also world premiere during the festival. The film is about a group of activists who broke into a small FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania to expose a secret surveillance program.
The films are eligible for cash prizes totaling US$215,000, contemporary artworks from the Chanel-sponsored Artists Awards program, as well as Best Documentary Feature, Best New Documentary Director, and Best Editing prizes.
In addition to the 12 Documentary Competition titles, organizers also unveiled the World Narrative Competition films and the out-of-competition Viewpoints program.
Docs screening in the Viewpoints program include the 2012 MIPDoc International Pitch Prize winner An Honest Liar, about magician James “The Amazing” Randi; Jesse Moss’ The Overnighters, which screened at Sundance earlier this year; and Nancy Kates’ HBO-backed Regarding Susan Sontag.
In all, Tribeca will host 55 world premieres, six international premieres, 12 North American premieres, nine U.S. premieres and five New York premieres. The festival takes place from April 16 to April 27 in New York City.