Top honors at the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival have gone to Diane for the Founders Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature, Smuggling Hendrix for Best International Narrative Feature, and Island of the Hungry Ghosts for Best Documentary Feature. On the acting side, Alia Shawkat won Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film for Miguel Arteta’s Duck Butter, and Jeffrey Wright took the Best Actor honor for O.G.
First-time narrative director and writer Kent Jones (who is also the executive director of the New York Film Festival) won two prizes at Tribeca for Diane, and the film starring Mary Kay Place won three. Estelle Parsons, Andrea Martin, Deirdre O’Connell and Jake Lacy co-star in the film, about a widowed, altruistic seventysomething woman whose life is dictated by the needs of others, and who finds herself forced to look at her own identity.
Screenings of the award-winning films will take place throughout the final day of the festival Sunday.
Awards were handed out tonight in New York in the following feature film competition categories: Founders Award for Best Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, New Narrative Director, The Albert Maysles New Documentary Director, and the Nora Ephron Award, honoring a woman writer or director. Short films were honored in the Narrative, Documentary, Student Visionary and Animation categories.
This year’s festival included 99 feature length films, 55 short films, and 35 immersive storytelling projects from 46 countries.
Here is a full list of the winners:
U.S. NARRATIVE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature
Diane, written and directed by Kent Jones. The winner received $20,000, and the art award The Lady of Shalott, Cool Evening by Stephen Hannock. The film was produced by Luca Borghese, Ben Howe, Caroline Kaplan, and Oren Moverman.
Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film
Alia Shawkat 2018 in Duck Butter.
The film was directed by Miguel Arteta, written by Arteta, Alia Shawkat and produced by Mel Eslyn and Natalie Qasabian.
Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film
Jeffrey Wright in O.G.
The film was directed by Madeleine Sackler, written by Stephen Belber. Produced by Madeleine Sackler and Boyd Holbrook.
Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film
Wyatt Garfield for Diane
Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film
Kent Jones for Diane. Winner receives $2,500.
The jurors for the 2018 U.S. Narrative Competition were Justin Bartha, Alexander Dinelaris, Bilge Ebiri, Amy Hobby, Chris Messina, and Lakeith Stanfield.
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
Best International Narrative Feature
Smuggling Hendrix (Cyprus, Germany, Greece) written and directed by Marios Piperides. Winner receives $20,000 and the art award “Can We Turn Our Rage to Poetry” by Joan Snyder.
The film was produced by Janine Teerling, Marios Piperides, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, and Costas Lambropoulos. Piperides is a first-time feature narrative director.
Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film
Joy Rieger in Virgins (France, Israel, Belgium)
The film was directed by Keren Ben Rafael, written by Keren Ben Rafael and Elise Benroubi. Produced by Caroline Bonmarchand.
Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film
Rasmus Bruun in The Saint Bernard Syndicate (Denmark)
The film was directed by Mads Brugger, written by Lærke Sanderhoff and produced by Emilie Lebech Kaae and Jakob Kirstein Høgel.
Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film
Albert Salas for Obey (UK)
The film was directed and written by Jamie Jones and produced by Emily Jones and Ross Williams.
Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film
The Saint Bernard Syndicate written by Lærke Sanderhoff (Denmark). Winner receives $2,500.
The jurors for the 2018 International Narrative Competition were Florence Almozini, Martha Coolidge, Andre Holland, Haifaa Al Mansour, and Ray Liotta.
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
Best Documentary Feature
Island of the Hungry Ghosts, directed by Gabrielle Brady (Germany, UK, Australia). Winner receives $20,000, and the art award “Tehran, Iran (June 6, 1989)” by Julia Wachtel.
The film was also written and produced by Brady; other producers are Alexander Wadouh, Samm Haillay, Alex Kelly, and Gizem Acarla. Brady is a first-time feature length documentary director.
Best Cinematography in a Documentary Film
Niels van Koevorden for Tanzania Transit (Netherlands). Winner receives $2,500.
The film was directed by Jeroen van Velzen, written by Jeroen van Velzen and Esther Eenstroom and produced by Digna Sinke.
Best Editing in a Documentary Film
Frederick Shanahan, Jon Kasbe, Caitlyn Greene for When Lambs Become Lions (USA). Winner receives $2,500.
The film was directed by Jon Kasbe and produced by Jon Kasbe, Innbo Shim, Tom Yellin, and Andrew Harrison Brown.
The jurors for the 2018 Documentary Competition were Dan Cogan, Kirsten Johnson, and Brett Morgen.
BEST NEW NARRATIVE DIRECTOR COMPETITION:
Best New Narrative Director
Shawn Snyder, director of To Dust (USA). Winner receives $10,000, and the art award “Flash (To the tender flesh it went)” by Meghan Boody.
The film was written by Snyder and Jason Duran and produced by Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, Ron Perlman, Josh Crook and Scott Lochmus. Snyder is a first-time feature director.
BEST NEW DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR COMPETITION:
Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award
Dava Whisenant for Bathtubs Over Broadway (USA). Winner receives $10,000, and the art award “White Bowl” by John F. Simon Jr.
The film was written by Ozzy Inguanzo and Whisenant and produced by Amanda Spain, Whisenant and Susan Littenberg. Whisenant is a first-time director
The jurors for the 2018 Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award were Nelson George, Linda Knowlton, Elvira Lind, Basil Tsiokos, and Derek Waters.
SHORT FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
Best Narrative Short
Phone Duty, directed by Lenar Kamalov (Russia). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Nutella, and the art award “Learning How to Paint/Make A Wish” by Eddie Kang.
The film was also written by Kamalov.
Shorts Animation Award
Late Afternoon directed by Louise Bagnall (Ireland).Winner receives $5,000.
The film was also written by Bagnall.
The jurors for the 2018 Narrative Short Competition section were Steve Aoki, Amy Kaufman, Sheila Nevins, Alex Pettyfer, Norman Reedus, Alysia Reiner, and Ondi Timoner.
Best Documentary Short
Notes from Dunblane: Lessons from a School Shooting directed by Kim A. Snyder (USA). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Nutella, and the art award “Fort Apache” by David Levinthal.
Student Visionary AwardF
The Life of Esteban directed by Inès Eshun (Belgium). Winner receives $5,000.
The jurors for the 2018 Short Documentary and Student Visionary Competitions were Sapphire, Joe Daniels, Amy L. Kaufman, Susan Lacy, and James Steyer.
Recognizes groundbreaking approaches in storytelling and technology.
Hero created by Navid Khonsari, Vassiliki Khonsari, and Brooks Brown. Winner receives $10,000, presented by AT&T, and the art award “Miracle” by Nancy Dwyer.
Project Creator: Navid Khonsari, Vassiliki Khonsari and Brooks Brown
Key Collaborators: Mark Harwood, Sinclair Fleming, Andres Perez-Duarte, Sam Butin, iNK Stories, Starbreeze Studios and Thea Ulrich
Jurors were Myriam Achard, Marcie Jastrow, and Nicholas Thompson.
THE NORA EPHRON AWARD
Nia DaCosta director of Little Woods (USA). Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by CHANEL, and the art award “For Wonder Woman” by Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh.
The film was also written by DaCosta and produced by Rachael Fung and Gabrielle Nadig. DaCosta is a first-time feature director.
Jurors were Joanna Gleason, Rebecca Keegan, and Sasheer Zamata.
TRIBECA X AWARD
For Every Kind of Dream series for Square. Directed by Mohammad Gorjestani for Agency Even/Odd.
Director: Mohammad Gorjestani
Jurors were Bonin Bough, Zachary Heinzerling, and Brian Braiker.