It was an exciting year at the annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Touting a film slate of interesting, diverse and innovative filmmakers, it was a fantastic time to be in the city.
Yet, the festivities have run their course, and as of yesterday the official winners have been announced for this year’s competition.
The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature : The Rocket Directed By: Kim Mordaunt
Set against the rural Laos, the drama tells the story of ten-year-old Athlo, who fights against the destination his life has set before him. Along with his father, they search for a new home and along the way come across a rocket festival, offering a chance for a new life.
Special Jury Mention: Stand Clear of the Closing Door Directed By Sam Fleischner
Autistic teen Ricky lives in Far Rockaway, Queens and must deal with the everyday troubles of high school and economic strife at home. After being reprimanded for skipping a class, he embarks on a day’s long adventure underground in the Subway.
Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film: Sitthiphon Disamoe (The Rocket)
Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film: Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown)
Best New Narrative Director: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais – Whitewash
Best Documentary Feature: The Kill Team Directed By: Dan Krauss
The Kill Team shines a harrowing light on the flaws of the preparation young soldiers must go through for war that allows them to see people as targets to hit, rather than members of humanity.
Best New Documentary Director: Sean Dunne – Oxyana
Best Narrative Short: The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars Directed By: Edoardo Ponti
A short about love, how it encompasses all dimensions, how we share it and experience it, and how the heart beats.
Best Documentary Short: Coach Directed By: Bess Karsman
A look at a national scandal that caused pain and tragedy which led to joy and triumph.
Personally, I had a blast at this year’s festival and can guarantee there will be plenty of wonderful movies heading your way.
For anyone else who went, what were your picks?