Here's what you need to know about the esteemed Tribeca Film Festival

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Movie Monday: Tribeca Film Festival

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Cinephiles rejoice -- it's that time of year again! That's right, we're talking about the Tribeca Film Festival.

For about two weeks each year, independent films are been honored in one of the cornerstones cities of American cinema, New York City. And although the 2016 festival has only been happening since April 13th, its rich relationship with New York City began long before that.

In 2002, when New York was still very much in mourning over the September 11th, 2001 attacks, film legends Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in order to help overcome loss through art and restore vitality to a grieving city.

Highlighting a series of documentaries, narrative features and short films, Tribeca Film Festival has gained great esteem in its 15 seasons. With a mission 'to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience,' Tribeca invites actors, directors and stories that span a variety of backgrounds and budgets to celebrate cinema and compete for the sought-after honors awarded at the end of the festival.

We sat down with the cast and director of 'Between Us', one of the screened films:

The festival will feature buzzed-about indie flicks like 'Little Boxes', a movie about a mixed-race fifth grader who moves to a new city, as well as old favorites like 'Taxi Driver', which will be screened on April 21st at the Beacon Theatre. Also featured throughout the films are A-list stars like Katie Holmes, Ellen Barkin, Meryl Streep, Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock and more. Needless to say, the 2016 lineup will not disappoint.

In case you're still interested in catching some of the esteemed films featured at this year's festival, it's not too late! You can purchase tickets on the Tribeca Film Festival website -- the festival ain't over until Sunday, April 24th!

And if you can't make it to the festival this year, be sure to follow along with AOL on Kanvas to stay up to date with all of the can't-miss moments.

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Check out some of the past celebrities who attended Tribeca Film Festival:

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Here's what you need to know about the esteemed Tribeca Film Festival

Rapper Ludacris attended the 2015 Tribeca premiere of "Live From New York!" the highly anticipated SNL documentary.

(Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

Actress Gabourey Sidibe attended the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Opening Night Gala & After Party on April 15, in a purple dress with matching lipstick.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for AT&T)

Comedian Kate McKinnon attended the 2015 Tribeca opening night premiere of "Live From New York!" on April 15.

(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Actress Kelly Rutherford attended the premiere of 'Live From New York!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 15. She wears a super chic blue and black shift dress.

(Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

SNL creator Lorne Michaels attended the world premiere of 'Live From New York!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

(Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

Actors Beck Bennett (L) and Bobby Moynihan attended the Opening Night premiere of 'Live From New York!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 15.

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani and wife Judith Giuliani attended the world premiere of 'Live From New York!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 15.

(Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

Actors Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower attend the world premiere of 'Live From New York' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which DeNiro co-founded in 2002.

(Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

 Actress Olivia Wilde attended Tribeca Talks: Master Class: ARC Adorama Rental Company The Producers during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 16. She wore a Michael Kors F/W 2015 dress.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

Jane Rosenthal who co-founded the festival with Robert DeNiro and Whoopi Goldberg attended the Tribeca Film Festival Juror Welcome Lunch on April 16 .

(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

Actors Steve Buscemi and Vanessa Williams attended the Juror Welcome Lunch for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 16.

(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

Actor Shia LaBeouf attended a screening of 'LoveTrue' during 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, sporting a bizarre new look including a long "rat tail" hairstyle, piercings in each ear and his eyebrow.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
Star Wars/Indiana Jones creator and director  George Lucas attended Tribeca Talks: Director Series: George Lucas With Stephen Colbert during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 17. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

Stephen Colbert is almost unrecognizable at Tribeca where he sports a baseball cap and a long beard, before his Tribeca Talks: Director Series with George Lucas. 

(Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

Actor Christian Slater attended the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival after party for "The Adderall Diaries" on April 16.

(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

Actress and the new Mrs. Johnny Depp, Amber Heard attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "The Adderall Diaries" on April 16.

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Actor James Franco attended the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "The Adderall Diaries" on April 16.

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon attended the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "The Adderall Diaries" on April 16.

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Actress Dakota Fanning attended "For the Love of Cinema" Tribeca Film Festival gala dinner on April 16. She wore a gorgeous classic dress.

 (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

Actress Laverne Cox attended the premiere of 'The Wannabe' on April 17. She kept her outfit simple, with a pop of color in her red handbag.

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

 Actor John Leguizamo attended the world premiere of 'Meadowland' on April 17.

 (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)

 Actress Katie Holmes rocks a grunge look when she attended the Eternal Princess premiere.

(Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

Actor Jason Sudeikis attended the premiere of 'Meadowland' on April 17. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
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