The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, taking place April 21 through May 2 in New York City, has announced the first 34 of the 85 feature films to be presented at the festival. Of the films announced, 24 will be in competition (in the World Narrative and World Documentary Categories), with the remaining films being featured in the Showcase and Special Events sections. The films selected to screen at Tribeca this year were chosen from a record 5,055 submissions and represent 38 different countries.

At first glance, highlights include a work-in-progress screening of an untitled Eliot Spitzer documentary directed by Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side); Lee Isaac Chung’s Munyurangabo follow-up, Lucky Life; a Serge Gainsbourg biopic, Gainsbourg, Je t’Aime… Moi Non Plus, directed and written by Joann Sfar; and Metropia, an animated film with Vincent Gallo voicing the lead. All of this, of course, follows the festival’s somewhat incongruous opening night screening of Mike Mitchell’s Shrek Forever After.

“This year’s competition, the core of the festival, represents contemporary international filmmaking at its finest, bringing together fresh voices with established storytellers,” states David Kwok, director of programming. “These stories will leave audiences engaged, as well as entertained, which is what our festival is all about.”

A new feature of this year’s festival is the ability for audiences nationwide to watch seven of the festival films on their home televisions through video-on-demand, day-and-date with their Tribeca premieres. United States audiences will also be able to watch some of Tribeca’s films online, through Tribeca Film Festival Virtual.

For more info on the 2010 festival, visit The rest of the fest’s lineup will be announced on Monday, March 15, 2010.

Here is first batch of films announced for the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival:

World Narrative Feature Competition
Buried Land, directed by Geoffrey Alan Rhodes and Steven Eastwood (United States, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Dog Pound, directed by Kim Chapiron (France)
Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti), directed by Ferzan Ozpetek (Italy)
Lucky Life, directed by Lee Isaac Chung (United States)
My Brothers, directed by Paul Fraser (Ireland)
Open House, directed by Andrew Paquin (United States)
Paju, directed by Chan-ok Park (South Korea)
Gainsbourg, Je t’Aime… Moi Non Plus, directed by Joann Sfan (France)
Snap, directed by Carmel Winters (Ireland)
When We Leave (Die Fremde), directed by Feo Aladag (Germany)
The White Meadows (Keshtzar haye sepid), directed by Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran)
William Vincent, directed by Jay Anania (United States)

World Documentary Feature Competition
American Mystic, directed by Alex Mar (United States)
The Arbor, directed by Clio Barnard (United Kingdom)
Earth Made of Glass, directed by Deborah Scranton (United States)
Feathered Cocaine, directed by Thorkell Hardarsson and Örn Marino Arnarson (Iceland)
Freetime Machos, directed by Mika Ronkainen (Finland, Germany)
Into Eternity, directed by Michael Madsen (Denmark, Sunland, Sweden, Italy)
Monica & David, directed by Alexandra Codina (United States)
Sons of Perdition, directed by Jennilyn Merten and Tyler Measom (United States)
Thieves By Law (Ganavim ba Hok), directed by Alexander Gentelev (Israel, Germany, Spain)
The Two Escobars, directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist (United States, Colombia)
The Woodmans, directed by C. Scott Willis (United States, Italy, China)

Blood and Rain (La sangre y la lluvia), directed by Jorge Navas (Colombia, Argentina)
A Brand New Life (Yeo-haeng-ja), directed by Ounie Lecomte (South Korea, France)
Heartbreaker (L’arnacouer), directed by Pascal Chaumeil (France)
Lola, directed by Brillante Mendoza (Philippines, France)
Metropia, directed by Tarik Saleh (Sweden, Denmark, Norway)
Moloch Tropical, directed by Raoul Peck (Haiti, France)
Road, Movie, directed by Dev Benegal (United States, India)

Special Events
Doctor Zhivago, directed by David Lean (United States, United Kindgom)
Untitled Eliot Spitzer Film, directed by Alex Gibney
The Western Front, directed by Zachary Iscol (United States)