A strong attention to gender equality, a reflection on female identity as suggested by current issues in the American show business, and the political debate seem to be the topics which inspired Frédéric Boyer's selection for the 17th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal and taking place this year from April 18 to 29. In the "Spotlight" section, two Italian films directed by women filmmakers that tackle stories of women: Daughter of Mine by Laura Bispuri, recently seen in competition in Berlin and back to Tribeca after the award for Best Screenplay won in 2015 for Sworn Virgin; and Nico, 1988 by Susanna Nicchiarelli, winner of the Orizzonti Award in Venice.

In the Documentary Competition, an openly political work in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict intertwines with the chasing of a mysterious and provocative artist: Marco Proserpio's The Man Who Stole Banksy will be presented as a world premiere. The documentary is sold worldwide by Elle Driver, while Daughter of Mine is sold by The Match Factory, and Nico, 1988 already has an important American distributor, Magnolia Pictures.

The attendance of Italian films and delegations at the Tribeca Film Festival is coordinated by Istituto Luce Cinecittà.