It's Tribeca Film Festival season again, and this year looks set to shine bright like a diamond. Though the nearly two-week cinematic event officially kicks off today, the fun began last night with BVLGARI's double screening at Spring Studios, where an elite crowd of actors, models, directors, and influencers headed for cocktails and a first look at the jeweler's two new short films, Celestial and The 4th Wave.
The night was a major celebration of cinematic gender representation, as both films had a female or non-binary director highlighting a woman's journey within a male-dominated artistic field. Ro Haber's Celestial follows director and technologist Eliza McNitt as she prepares her VR installation SPHERES, while Savanah Leaf's The 4th Wave stars Italian-born rapper Priestess, who is building her career on the internet and credits both iconic female figures and her grandmother for inspiring her ambition. A panel discussion surrounding the two films, which Vanity Fair's Claire Howorth moderated, featured the filmmakers and subjects as well as Paula Weinstein and shone a spotlight on the powerful potential behind a new generation of female creatives.
In addition to marking a promising moment for women and non-binary people, BVLGARI's screening was a lively, star-studded night. Attendees included actors Diane Kruger, Kiki Layne, and Lucas Hedges, fashion favorites Danielle Herrington and Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and a slew of other creatives, many of whom were wearing pieces from the hosting jeweler. It made for a fresh crowd of relevant talents that simultaneously appreciated the night's message and weren't afraid to have fun.
Fashion, cinema, and feminism are aligning more than ever before, with BVLGARI's multi-year Tribeca Film Festival partnership happening in the company of projects like Miu Miu's Women's Tales and Chanel's Through Her Lens. Within an industry that still uplifts mostly male filmmakers at its highest levels, initiatives like this are welcome and necessary, and kicking off the festival like this can provide hope to anyone who felt discouraged after, once again, the 2019 Oscar nominees for Best Director featured only men. The event promises more inspiration to come, from BVLGARI'S series, the upcoming film festival, and the industry alike.
See photos of the event and its attendees below.