The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival begins April 23rd and runs through May 4th, with over 200 feature length narrative films, documentaries and shorts from around the world. This year also features discussions with filmmakers, music events, a family film series, an ESPN Sports Film Festival and other special presentations. (Peruse the entire selection of films.)

American Express cardholders will be able to buy tickets starting this Saturday April 12th. On Friday April 18th, tickets will be available to downtown residents who can show proof of residency at the Tribeca Film festival box office at 15 Laight Street. On Saturday April 19th tickets go on sale to everyone.

Here are a handful of potential highlights from the hundreds of narrative features to choose from; next week we'll glance at some of the documentary features.