New York's Tribeca Film Festival has expanded its scope to video games for next year's showing.
For the first time, the event has opened up submissions for interactive entertainment, in addition to introducing a new honour called the Tribeca Games Award. In the past, titles like LA Noire, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, What Remains of Edith Finch and God of War have been recognised at the Tribeca Film Festival since 2011, but this is the first time the show has been opened up to video games in this way.
The Tribeca Games Award is being assisted with a new advisory board, featuring the likes of Remedy's Sam Lake, development vet Hideo Kojima, Halo boss Kiki Wolfkill and Geoff Keighley of The Game Awards fame.
"In the ten years since we first welcomed a game to Tribeca's official program, we've seen an exciting convergence of games, film, and immersive experiences. Where there was once a clear delineation between media, there is now a blurring of the lines - stories have become games and games have become stories," explained Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and CEO, Jane Rosenthal. "Broad recognition for voices at the forefront of this ever-changing landscape is long overdue, and we intend to be a home for these creators whose incredible work should be celebrated."
Tribeca Games VP Casey Baltes added: "Tribeca Games is expanding in response to the enthusiasm we have seen from the games community and our audiences. Games have proven to be one of the most sophisticated storytelling vehicles today -- not only with narrative but also with incredible artistic mastery, the creation of highly immersive worlds and providing meaningful connections to communities all over the world. We're excited to celebrate games and game creators alongside film, immersive, music, art, and more at next year's Festival."