Cunard Line Sets Sail With Tribeca Film Festival

    SOUTHAMPTON, England, April 22 /CNW/ -- Cunard Line announces a new
partnership with New York's Tribeca Film Festival, scheduled 22 April - 3 May,
drawing film enthusiasts for two weeks of premiere screenings, events and
industry programmes.  Among other distinctions, Cunard is recognized as the
Official Cruise Line of the Festival.

    A multi-faceted association, the partnership begins with Cunard
sponsoring the World Documentary Competition for the 2009 Festival and then
later this year will bring elements of the Tribeca Film Festival experience to
the high-seas with original enrichment programming aboard the line's flagship
Queen Mary 2 during a legendary Transatlantic Crossing.

    "For decades, Cunard has enjoyed a rewarding connection to the film
industry, playing host to generations of Hollywood luminaries and supporting
myriad of programmes to promote and advance original work in film and the
arts," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.  "This partnership further
underscores our commitment to crafting stimulating onboard experiences that
speak to the interests of our guests.  We look forward to working with the
Tribeca Film Festival to further expand the international audience for
independent film."

    Cunard Insights ~ Exclusive Tribeca Programming
    Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) will provide exclusive enrichment programming
aboard Queen Mary 2's 5 November 2009 and 29 April 2010 Transatlantic
Crossings in association with Cunard Insights, the line's award winning
enrichment programme. Established and emerging actors, directors,
documentarians and screenwriters will be tapped to engage guests in
thought-provoking discussion about the love of their craft and the
multi-dimensions of movie making. TFF fans can enter for a chance to win a
free voyage on the 5 November Transatlantic Crossing that will feature TFF
original programming online at

    World Documentary Competition
    Though the Tribeca Film Festival screens more than 80 films this year,
documentaries are one of the festival's strong suits.  This year, Cunard will
be the sponsor of the festival's World Documentary Competition in which 12
films and their filmmakers will compete for Best Documentary Film and Best New
Documentary Filmmaker.

    One of these films will win the 2009 Best Documentary Award to be
announced on Thursday, 30 April and in addition to prize money awarded by TFF,
Cunard will present the grand prize documentary filmmaker with a Transatlantic
voyage on Queen Mary 2.

    "Tribeca is proud of its strong documentary lineup and we think we have
found a perfect partner in Cunard to support these films. We look forward to
working with them throughout the year onboard, bringing their guests our
distinctive conversations," said Nancy Schafer, executive director of the
Tribeca Film Festival.

    Partnering with the Tribeca Film Festival is one of a growing number of
unique and relevant enrichment initiatives created by Cunard.  Other
programmes and partnerships under the Insights banner include performances and
workshops with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, best-selling authors in the
Literature & Liners Series and Cunard Book Club, Science at Sea with Oxford
University Press, and the Royal Astronomical Society.

    For more information about Cunard and Queen Mary 2, contact your travel
professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or visit

    About Cunard Line
    Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and Queen
Victoria, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the
epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled
steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.  Cunard voyages bring
together like-minded travelers who seek a civilized adventure and relish the
Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service(TM), gourmet dining and
world-class entertainment.  Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled
Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which
it began in 1922. A new Queen Elizabeth joins the fleet in October 2010.

    Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  The
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion
to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together they offer
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable

    About the Tribeca Film Festival
    Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film
Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, New York
City to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan
district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. The
Festival's mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience,
enable the international film community and general public to experience the
power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. 
Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film
festival that supports emerging and established directors. The Tribeca
Festival has screened over 1100 films from over 80 countries since its first
festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international
audience of more than two million attendees and has generated over $530
million in economic activity for New York City.


For further information:

For further information: Jackie Chase, +1-661-753-1035,, or Brian O'Connor, +1-661-753-1060,,
both of Cunard Line

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