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Moore to judge film festival
Michael Moore
Moore was booed and cheered at the Oscars this year

Oscar-winners Michael Moore and Whoopi Goldberg and best-selling author Queen Noor of Jordan are among the jurors at the second Tribeca film festival in New York.

The annual event was founded by Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Institute last year in an attempt to invigorate the Manhattan community after the September 11 attacks.

The festival, which runs from 3 - 11 May, highlights independent releases and promotes mainly first and second-time directors.

Other members of the jury include Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and fashion designer Miuccia Prada.

"The wide range of experience these jurors bring to the festival gives them a broad and informed perspective from which to select the outstanding films of this festival season," said De Niro's partner and co-founder of the festival, Jane Rosenthal.

The panel will choose the winners from more than 200 features and documentaries by first and second time directors, short films and student films.

Whoopi Goldberg
Goldberg has hosted the Academy Awards four times

There is also a category for more experienced documentary directors who have made more than two films.

The film Down With Love, starring Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger will get its première at the festival, as well Nick Broomfield's documentary, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.

And Danny Boyle's thriller 28 Days Later will make its US debut.

Michael Moore won the best documentary award at the Oscars earlier this year and attacked President Bush's foreign policy in his acceptance speech.

Whoopi Goldberg received the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Ghost in 1991 and has hosted the Academy Awards four times.

Queen Noor of Jordan's autobiography Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life is on the New York Times bestseller list.

De Niro, who has lived in the Tribeca area of New York for 20 years, was planning a festival before 11 September 2001 but said it took on extra significance after the attacks.

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