Tribeca Film Festival 2021 will include video games as well. The festival’s organizers will consider video games as part of the Official Selection. So far, not many video games have been officially selected. The last game that was chosen formerly was called LA Noir. However, that was almost a decade ago.
Other video games have been seen at the Tribeca Film Festival, such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider, God of War, What Remains of Earth, and Firewatch in recent years. However, next year will be memorable. We are curious to see what games will be chosen in the future.
New category: Tribeca Games Award
The event is introducing a new category called the Tribeca Games Award. In order to select the best video games, the gaming advisory board will get outstanding creators on board—for example, EuroGamer, Electronic Arts’ co-founder Bing Gordon. Geoff Keighley (Games Award Producer) and Hideo Kojima of Kojima Productions are part of the board as well. Sam Lake, Remedy’s creative director, and Kiki Wolfkill, Halo Transmedia & Entertainment’s head, will also join the team.
Tribeca Film Festival’s CEO on video games
The reason why the new category is now part of the Tribeca is to appreciate all the hard work behind the most story-driven video games, tells Jane Rosenthal, the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the festival. She continued by saying nowadays, “stories have become games and games have become stories.”
According to Tribeca Games’ Vice President Casey Baltes, video games are “storytelling vehicles.” Same as Baltes and Rosenthal, we are excited to celebrate the games and their creators. We are also curious to see how the whole event will run, what games will be selected, and the rating process.
Video games have evolved a lot in the last decade. However, over the previous seven years, they have earned their due respect. Games and creators got more recognition due to game events like The Games Award. The event took place every year since 2014, which made the video games prominent.
This year might not be so amazing as we expected. The game industry was also affected by the coronavirus situation; however, we witnessed some great releases, such as Marvel’s Avengers, The Last of Us: Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima. There are more to come—for example, Cyberpunk 2077.