Hideo Kojima, Geoff Keighley, and Sam Lake Among Members of Tribeca Film Festival’s New Gaming Board

Hideo Kojima, Geoff Keighley, and Sam Lake Among Members of Tribeca Film Festival’s New Gaming Board

Tribeca Games continues to expand its presence at the annualized film festival and has now added creators like Hideo Kojima and Sam Lake to a new advisory panel.

The Tribeca Film Festival is one of the most well-regarded film festivals held annually in New York City. Over the years, TFF has been a locale in which many filmmakers debut their projects for the first time to larger audiences. As the festival moves forward into 2021, however, a larger emphasis is now being placed on video games. As such, the organization has brought aboard some high-profile members to help oversee the expansion.

Announced via a press release today, Tribeca Games is expanding its offering during the show’s 20th edition next year and will begin accommodating gaming submissions. Those that submit their own games will then be eligible to receive the Tribeca Games Award, “which will honor upcoming games from the selections that demonstrate artistic excellence in storytelling in a game.” Submissions for this have opened as of today.

“Tribeca Games is expanding in response to the enthusiasm we have seen from the games community and our audiences,” said Tribeca Games Vice President Casey Baltes. “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.”

As for who will be helping to guide the festival’s further expansion into gaming, Tribeca has put together quite the advisory board to help oversee things. Popular gaming creators and industry figures such as Hideo Kojima, Sam Lake, Bing Gordon, and Kiki Wolfkill join the likes of The Game Awards host and producer Geoff Keighley and filmmakers Nia DaCosta and Jon Favreau. It’s quite the group that Tribeca Games has assembled overall. It should be interesting to see what this results in next year.

The Tribeca Film Festival’s 20th showing will take place next summer from June 9 until the 20th.