The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival starts today! We're celebrating the annual cinema celebration's return with a look back at some of the most star-studded moments since its inception in 2001 from creators
Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. In addition to the many premieres and press conferences, Tribeca brings celeb-friendly parties like Vanity Fair's kickoff and a Chanel fete. Kristen Stewart, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are just some of the many boldface names who've hit Tribeca in the past — click through to see 50 top festival moments, and stay tuned for all of our coverage to come this year.
Cameron Diaz stepped onto the green carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival opening night premiere of Shrek Forever After in April 2010.
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Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan got close at the Earth Made of Glass premiere during the ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival in April 2010.
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Eva Mendes wore a silky ensemble to the official Tribeca Film Festival afterparty at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in May 2004.
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Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro had a giggle during a press conference announcing the creation of the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC in December 2001.
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Angelina Jolie wore a sheer v-neck dress to the Vanity Fair party to celebrate the launch of the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival in May 2003.
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Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen posed together at the third annual Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party in May 2004.
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Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson held hands at the third annual Tribeca Film Festival Raising Helen red carpet in May 2004.
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Natalie Portman wore a ruffled dress to the TFI: Film Fellows welcome dinner during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in April 2009.
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Drew Barrymore wore a green gown to the sixth annual Tribeca Film Festival for the Lucky You premiere in May 2007.
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Diane Kruger looked natural at the Bowery Hotel for the Chanel dinner party during the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC in April 2007.
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Nicole Kidman showed off her backless dress at the Vanity Fair party during the fourth annual Tribeca Film Festival in April 2005.
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Leonardo DiCaprio posed at the sixth annual Tribeca Film Festival Gardener of Eden premiere in April 2007.
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Kristen Stewart struck a pose on the red carpet of The Cake Eaters premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2007.
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Mary-Kate Olsen, Robert De Niro, and Ashley Olsen got close at the third annual Tribeca Film Festival New York Minute premiere in May 2004.
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Rachel Bilson wore a studded pink silk dress to the debut of her original film series with Karl Lagerfeld at the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival in April 2011.
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Bradley Cooper looked casual for the Chanel dinner party during the eighth annual Tribeca Film Festival in April 2009.
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Jessica Alba wore a feminine layered dress to the The Killer Inside Me premiere in April 2010.
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Claire Danes posed at the Stage Beauty premiere in May 2004.
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James Franco gave a smile at the premiere for Saturday Night during the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2010.
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Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker cozied up to each other at the eighth annual Tribeca Film Festival Wonderful World premiere in April 2009.
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Blake Lively wore a black lace dress to the annual Chanel dinner party honoring the Tribeca Film Festival at The Greenwich Hotel in April 2008.
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Daniel Craig wore a gray pinstripe coat to the Layer Cake premiere in April 2005.
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Kirsten Dunst wore a floral dress to the Between the Lines premiere in April 2010.
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Elizabeth Banks paired bright green earrings with a pink strapless number during the
Spider-Man 3 premiere in April 2007.
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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick held on tight at the Vanity Fair party to celebrate the launch of the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2003.
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Selma Blair wore a short black dress to the Purple Violets red carpet in April 2007.
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Gwyneth Paltrow sported bangs as she posed during a screening of Ashtanga, NY at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2003.
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Julia Roberts got together with Robert De Niro at the premiere of Jesus Henry Christ in April 2011.
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Renée Zellweger hit the red carpet for the premiere of My Own Love Song in April 2010.
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Ryan Phillippe, Robert De Niro, and Malin Akerman linked up for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of The Bang Bang Club in April 2011.
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Hilary Duff wore an LBD for the War, Inc. premiere in April 2008.
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Kristen Bell looked glam in a gradient number at the Baby Mama premiere during the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008.
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Richard Gere gave a wave at the Fierce People premiere in April 2005.
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Chloe Sevigny struck a pose arriving at the Tribeca Film Festival
Vanity Fair party at The State Supreme Courthouse in May 2002.
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler stepped onto the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards Ceremony in May 2003.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt brought his backpack to a screening of
Thunderbirds in May 2004.
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Justin Theroux wore his trademark black leather ensemble to the third annual Tribeca Film Festival for the
Stage Beauty premiere in May 2004.
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Kevin Spacey sported a baseball cap during the Tribeca Film Festival About a Boy premiere in April 2002.
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Gerard Butler stuck close to Emily Mortimer at the third annual Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party in May 2004.
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Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts arrived together for Tropfest in April 2006.
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Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom, and Riley Keough were arm in arm at the Tribeca Film Festival afterparty for The Good Doctor in April 2011.
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Paul Rudd wore a suit to the Tribeca Film Festival special screening of The Shape of Things in May 2003.
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Salma Hayek smiled at The Maldonado Miracle screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2003.
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Vanessa Hudgens sported a pink cardigan to the Thunderbirds screening during the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2004.
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Naomi Watts donned a tight blue dress for The Interpreter premiere at the fourth annual Tribeca Film Festival in April 2005.
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Mark Wahlberg gave Robert De Niro a laugh as they got together during the Tribeca Film Festival for The Italian Job premiere in May 2003.
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Elle Macpherson sparkled in a silver skirt and pink top for
The Interpreter premiere at the fourth annual Tribeca Film Festival in April 2005.
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Ethan Hawke and Alessandro Nivola posed with Abigail Breslin at the Janie Jones premiere afterparty at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2011.
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Amanda Peet wore her hair in a high ponytail at the Please Give premiere during the ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival in April 2010.
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Zoe Saldana posed in front of fans at the fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival Mission: Impossible III premiere in May 2006.
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