Stay Behind the Scenes With Thompson Hotels During the Tribeca Film Festival

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Thompson Hotels Named Official Hotel Partner for 2016; Offers Exclusive Access to Festival Events for Guests and Film Buffs

Those looking for a front row seat at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival® (TFF) are invited to Thompson Hotels’ two New York City luxury lifestyle properties, Gild Hall and Smyth, where guests and attendees can be swept up in the action. From jury deliberations and press gatherings to festival-inspired lobby pop-ups, the hotels will serve as a social destination for this year’s festivities from April 13 through April 24, 2016. VIP packages will offer insider access to the Festival’s most buzzed-about film screenings, red carpet premieres, talks and events. Film aficionados can follow Thompson Hotels’ social media feeds and the brand’s Upper Stories blog for a behind-the-scenes look into one of the film industry’s most buzzed-about festivals, which will feature filmmaker Q&As, TFF eating & drinking guides, event coverage and more.

Thompson Hotels’ Gild Hall and Smyth properties are the place to see and be seen during TFF 2016. Premiering its newly-designed guestrooms and suites to TFF attendees, Gild Hall offers an upscale, intimate escape for festival VIPs, while Smyth’s location in the heart of Tribeca makes it the ultimate hotspot as the host of jury, industry and press events. For those looking to be a part of the spirit of the festival, Thompson Hotels invites guests to experience a variety of pop-up events, including:

**#TribecaDreams Gallery at Smyth: This year, Thompson Hotels has partnered with TFF and the Street Dreams Magazine team, a crowd-sourced photography magazine and content creation studio, to host the #TribecaDreams Gallery at Smyth. On April 13, the first installation of the photo exhibition will be unveiled in the hotel’s lobby and second-floor hallway, featuring moments captured from last year’s festival by Street Dreams. On April 17, the exhibit will expand to encompass a new set of photography offering an inside look into this year’s Opening Night. Street Dreams will also be hosting a #TribecaDreams Instagram contest celebrating the art of cinema, where four winners will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shoot original photography with the Street Dream team at TFF 2016 and stay on property at Smyth to complete the experience.

**Bira 91 Tasting and Pipcorn Pop-Up at Gild Hall: In celebration of the Tribeca Film Festival, Bira 91, the original Indian craft brew and official beer sponsor of TFF 2016, will be providing sips onsite at Gild Hall on Friday evenings from 3-6pm during the festival. Also at this time, hotel guests and locals alike can indulge in tastings of Pipcorn, an artisan mini-popcorn brand based in Brooklyn, and will be treated to a Pipcorn Mix-in Bar that features all-natural popcorn flavors such as Truffle, Sea Salt and Kettle.

Thompson Hotels is offering VIP access to the Festival with “The Director’s Cut” package. Available at both Gild Hall and Smyth, visitors who book a stay during the festival can take advantage of this exclusive offer, which features two Vesey Passes to select red carpet premieres, official screenings, panel discussions and festival hospitality lounges, located throughout downtown New York. As a preferred partner of the festival, both properties are also extending an industry discount of up to 15% off their best available rates.

Fans looking to be at the forefront of the Festival can follow @ThompsonHotels on https://www.facebook.com/thompsonhotels, https://twitter.com/thompsonhotels and https://www.instagram.com/Thompsonhotels/ for real-time interviews, insider access to red carpet events, and more. And, visit http://www.thompsonhotels.com/tribeca-film-festival to enter to win a two-night suite stay at any Thompson hotel of choice. Participants will receive a bonus entry by following @ThompsonHotels and sharing their best festival photo with the tag #ThompsonTFF2016.

About Thompson Hotels
Founded in 2001, Thompson Hotels, a Commune Hotels & Resorts brand, is an international hospitality company that offers sophisticated luxury to its discerning clientele. The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes the newly-opened Thompson Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico and the recently-opened The Cape in Los Cabos, Mexico; Gild Hall and Smyth in New York City; Thompson Chicago; Thompson Toronto; Belgraves in London; and Thompson Miami Beach. Thompson Hotels also has multiple new projects in development, including The Beekman in Lower Manhattan, Thompson Seattle and Thompson Nashville. Follow @ThompsonHotels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, please visit http://www.thompsonhotels.com

About Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel
Gild Hall, Thompson Hotels' Wall Street property, is located on historic Gold Street and brings a new level of design savvy and service to Manhattan’s illustrious Financial District. The property’s simple yet luxurious rooms recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and feature oversized leather-tufted headboards and elegant custom-designed wooden furniture, topped with well-appointed linens and rich details. The 130 room hotel features a bi-level, Tuscan style wine bar and lounge, Felice Ristorante & Wine Bar, adorned with dramatic chandeliers and boasting extensive wine programming, along with a welcoming lobby lounge and library. Effortlessly blending classical European sensibility with American contemporary style, Gild Hall serves as a modern-day escape for the kings and queens of Wall Street. For additional information, visit http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/gild-hall, and follow Gild Hall on Facebook and on Twitter at @Gild_Hall.

About Smyth, a Thompson Hotel
Custom tailored to its downtown location, Smyth, a Thompson Hotel, is an intimate 14-story and 100-room hideaway centrally located at 85 West Broadway on the corner of Chambers Street, just steps away from the subway and many boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, parks and cultural attractions that compose the thriving neighborhood of Tribeca. A multi-phase transformation overseen by Gachot Studios, completed in summer 2015, included a complete redesign of the hotel’s lower level spaces, inclusive of The Den, Library, Living Room and Evening Bar; all guestrooms and suites; and the addition of Andrew Carmellini’s buzzed-about restaurant, Little Park. For more information, please visit http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/smyth-tribeca, and follow Smyth on Facebook and on Twitter at @Smyth_TriBeCa.

About Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival, now in its 15th year, brings together visionaries across industries and diverse audiences to celebrate the power of storytelling. A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, Tribeca supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through panels, premieres, exhibitions, and live performance.

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center, Tribeca has evolved from an annual event to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan to a gathering place for filmmakers, artists, innovators, and the global creative community. Through programs that embrace storytelling in all of its expansive forms – from film and music to video games and online work, TFF reimagines the cinematic experience and explores how art can unite communities.

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