Silver Linings Playbook star Robert De Niro has said that he is extremely proud of the Tribeca Film Festival.

The 69-year-old actor, helped create the movie festival in 2002 to celebrate New York City as a hub for filmmaking.

Speaking to ShortList magazine, De Niro expressed his satisfaction that the event, which runs until April 28, has had a worldwide impact.

He said: ''I'm happy that the festival has gone on this long and has had an impact on people; local, national and international.

''I'm very proud that it's becoming a part of the fabric of New York and tradition. Very proud.''

The Godfather Part II star said that he decided to help set up the festival in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks: ''We had talked about a festival. Then when 9/11 happened and the neighbourhood was devastated, we just decided to do it.

''We didn't know what would happen. We put it together in, what, 120 days? That's how it was born.''

When asked about this year's festival line-up, he revealed that he already has a few favourite entries: ''The one on Gore Vidal, The United States of Amnesia, and a wonderful film called Red Obsession, which I thought was very interesting - about the Chinese buying all the wine in France.''