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Tribeca Festival 2023 Opening Day Festivities Recap


Tribeca Festival 2023 with Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Matt Damon
By: Lakisa Renee |Tribeca Festival Opens with Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Matt Damon

The Tribeca Festival 2023 kicked off with a pre-reception honoring Robert De Niro - where Mayor Adams gave De Niro a key to the city. Following the ceremony, De Niro received a surprise speech from Martin Scorsese, congratulating him on his commitment to Tribeca, New York, and the festival. Guests included Mark Ruffalo, Debra Messing, Billy Porter, Patty Jenkins, Peter Coyote, Noah Centineo, Dianna Agron, Julian Schnabel, Piper Perabo, and New York Nico.

Following the reception, the opening night screening was the North American premiere of the highly anticipated Kiss the Future documentary featuring U2’s journey to perform a long-promised concert to the people of Sarajevo. Producer Matt Damon attended the event along with Brendan Fraser, Jennifer Esposito, Noah Centineo, Adam Goldberg and Tribeca Festival co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal.




About Tribeca Festival 2023

The Tribeca Festival, presented by OKX, brings artists and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, music, audio storytelling, games, and XR. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is synonymous with creative expression and entertainment. Tribeca champions emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning talent, curates innovative experiences, and introduces new ideas through exclusive premieres, exhibitions, conversations, and live performances.


The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. The annual Tribeca Festival will celebrate its 22nd year from June 7–18, 2023 in New York City.

In 2019, James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems bought a majority stake in Tribeca Enterprises, bringing together Rosenthal, De Niro, and Murdoch to grow the enterprise.

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