The Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its competition categories this afternoon, with top honors in this 15th edition of the event going to Dean, Junction 48 and Do Not Resist.
For the first time, there were separate U.S. and International narrative competition categories. In addition, the Festival announced the recipients of the Storyscapes Award, for immersive storytelling, and the inaugural Tribeca X Award, a new juried award for branded storytelling recognizing the intersection of advertising and entertainment. The winners of the Audience Awards, which are determined by audience votes throughout the Festival, will be announced on April 23. Screenings of the award–winning films will take place throughout the final day of the Festival at various venues. Specific times and ticketing information are available at www.tribecafilm.com/festival
In addition to cash awards and in-kind services provided by sponsors, the Festival presented the winners with original pieces of art created by 10 contemporary artists: Keith Edmier, Marc Hundley, Zak Kitnick, John Miller, Virginia Overton, Laura Owens, Josh Tonsfeldt Sara VanDerBeek, Stephen Hannock and Clifford Ross.
The winners, awards, and comments from the juries follow:
U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE:
The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature: Dean, written and directed by Demteri Martin. Winner receives $20,000 and the art award “Waking Up in the Painted World” by Stephen Hannock.
Jury Comment: “We have had the great privilege of seeing ten accomplished and ambitious films over the last seven days here at Tribeca. But we all fell in love with this next film. It manages the near impossible task of breathing new life into a well-worn genre, balancing humor and pathos with an incredibly deft touch, and offering a unique perspective on the way we process loss.”
Best Actor: Dominic Rains in The Fixer.
Jury Comment: “For his deeply emotional and empathic portrayal of a man who’s a stranger in a strange land.”
Best Actres: Mackenzie Davis in Always Shine.
Jury Comment: “For the unapologetic, fierce, brave, compelling, and vulnerable portrayal.”
Best Cinematography: Michael Ragen for Kicks. Winner receives $50,000 in post-production services.
Jury Comment: “At times lyrical and other times visceral, the seductive cinematography of this film lured us into the violent world of busted childhood.”
Best Screenplay: Women Who Kill written by Ingrid Jungermann. Winner receives $2,500.
Jury Comment: “As Miles Davis said, ‘The hardest thing is to be original.’ This unique and deftly hilarious tale told in Brooklyn is from a fresh voice and a true original.”
The jurors were Anne Carey, James Le Gros, Chris Nashawaty, Mya Taylor and Jennifer Westfeldt.
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE
Best International Narrative Feature: Junction 48, written and directed by Udi Aloni. Winner receives $20,000 and the art award “Temple of the Moon” by Sara VanDerBeek.
Jury Comment: “This award goes to a phenomenal, stand-out, powerful, thoughtful movie. It offers a new perspective and insightful approach to a story about how to be different and live together.”
Best Actor: Alan Sabbagh in The Tenth Man.
Jury Comment: “A performance of natural subtlety that reflected a community that is unknown to most of us. An intriguing journey for connection in search for identity.”
Best Actress: Radhika Apte in “Clean Shaven,” a part of Madly.
Jury Comment: “This award goes to an actress who has conveyed bravery and emotional depth in different relationships around her. A contemporary story that breaks through established culture.”
Best Cinematography: Kjell Vassdal for El Clasico. Winner receives $50,000 in post-production services.
Jury Comment: “This award goes to an expansive, naturalistic photography in serving the narrative and the emotional journey of the characters.”
Best Screenplay: Perfect Strangers written by Filippo Bologna, Paolo Costella, Paolo Genovese, Paola Mammini, and Rolando Ravello. Winners receive $2,500.
Jury Comment: “This award goes to a well-crafted, entertaining scenario, with deep character development. It’s an original story about private lives and hidden secrets.”
The jurors were Hany Abu-Assad, Jean Reno, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Danny Glover.
WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Best Documentary Feature: Do Not Resist, directed by Craig Atkinson (USA). Winner receives $20,000, and the art award “Untitled” by Virginia Overton.
Jury Comments: “This film that uses documentary to go deep into a world with a cinematic experience. We were excited by the directorial debut of a cinematographer who already has created a great body of work. Do Not Resist shines a light on the frightening story of the militarization of the police. In an impactful way the director uses his amazing access to look at power and force from the inside.”
Best Documentary Cinematography: Jarred Alterman for
Contemporary Color (USA). Winner receives $2,500.
Best Documentary Editing: Bill Ross for Contemporary Color (USA). Winner receives $2,500.
Jury Comments: “One film above all others demonstrated filmmakers completely in control of their craft. Through both the editing and cinematography this film takes the audience deep into a unique world and its characters with nuance, emotion and beauty while also showcasing performances in a spectacular and grand cinematic way.
The jurors were Laura Poitras, Douglas Tirola and Roger Ross Williams.
BEST NEW NARRATIVE DIRECTOR
Priscilla Anany, director of Children of the Mountain (USA, Ghana). Winner receives $10,000 and the art award “The Transit of Venus (Melanie)” by Keith Edmier.
Jury Comments: “So many of the films we had the pleasure of viewing were expertly directed and worthy of recognition. The winning director presents a fearless and heart wrenching tale of an embattled mother’s high stakes journey to heal her sick child and ultimately herself. The film delicately and powerfully directs us through an emotionally resonant story that is dark for truthful reasons and simultaneously hopeful.”
The jurors were Hill Harper, Col Needham and Ry Russo-Young.
BEST NEW DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR
Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award: David Feige for Untouchable (USA). Winner receives $10,000 and the art award “Lenox Hill” by Josh Tonsfeldt.
Jury Comment: “The film opens our eyes to the suffering of people on both sides of a controversial fence. Made with compassion for all of its subjects, the film is a fascinating look into how laws are created with the best of intentions, but enforced in problematic and sometimes destructive ways.”
Jurors were Jason Biggs, Karen Cooper and Sebastian Silva.
Best Narrative Short: Hold On (Houvast), directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson (Netherlands). Winner receives $5,000 and the art award “It’s You and Me Kid” by Marc Hundley.
Jury Comments: “The jury was moved by one particular film because it is simultaneously about the price of performance, and the entirely unique idea that the protagonist’s musical performance itself succeeds on the back of her own self-doubt, torture, and anxiety. We were also blown away by the remarkable performance of the lead actress in both her emotional depth combined with her musical proficiency.”
Jurors were Mike Birbiglia, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sheila Nevins.
Best Documentary Short: Extremis, directed by Dan Krauss (USA). Winner receives $5,000 and the art award “Untitled (11/30/96)” by John Miller.
Jury Comments: “This film’s cinematography is intimate yet unobtrusive; its point of view is empathetic and non-judgemental. And ultimately, it respects the conflicting perspectives at a morally wrenching crossroads.”
Student Visionary Award: Ping Pong Coach (乒乓), directed by Yi Liu. (Taiwan R.O.C., USA). Winner receives $5,000.
Jury Comments: “For its naturalistic tone and compelling performances, this film impacted us in a real way.”
Best Documentary Short and Student Visionary Award jurors were Maria Cuomo Cole, Mark Conseulos, Jessica Yu, Parker Posey and Alan Yang.
Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, created by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, and James Spinney. Winner receives $10,000.
Jury Comments: “The most powerful stories allow us to see the world and its vast array of experiences through someone else’s eyes. One project took us on that journey in a most unexpected way. Through its creative use of a medium and its meticulous and elegantly crafted audio landscape. Through its dedication to nuance and aesthetic. Through its care and compassion not only for the protagonist, but for those who take the journey with him. Because as the piece so eloquently ends: ‘After all, being human is not seeing, it’s loving.”
Jurors were Jessica Brillhart, Jigar Mehta and Saschka Unseld.
THE NORA EPHRON PRIZE
Rachel Tunnard, director, writer and editor of Adult Life Skills (UK). Winner receives $25,000 and the art award “Untitled” by Laura Owens.
Jury Comments: “We selected someone whose originality of voice, deft handling of tone, assured visual and editorial style, and moving poetic screenplay combined to make us feel from the opening sequence that we were in good hands. She made a tiny—even miniaturized—world, seem vast. She handled grief in a wholly unique way. Using wit and emotional restraint to pull the audience in. And make us root for our protagonist to blow up the shed!”
Jurors were Rachael Leigh Cook, Judy Greer and Mary Stuart Masterson.
Hearing Colors, created by Greg Brunkalla for Samsung.
Jury Comments: “We were drawn in by the story and the inventive way it was told, we loved what it taught us about ways to see the world. The piece communicated Samsung’s brand values effortlessly without ever overtly talking about the brand itself. So we appreciated the approach and we appreciated that Samsung supported this film and all the creativity that made it possible. When the world is given entertaining stories and novel ways of telling these stories, there is no doubt they will be shared.”
Jurors were Laurie Anderson, Scott Carlson, Judy McGrath, Liev Schreiber and Hank Willis Thomas.
This year’s Festival included 102 features, 74 short films, and 38 immersive storytelling projects from 42 countries. The Festival continues through April 24. tribeca.com/festival.