Argentine director Tristan Bauer’s Iluminados por el Fuego (Blessed By Fire), won the top award at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Blessed By Fire,about the lives of soldiers who fought in the Falklands War, won the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature. Another war-themed film, Deborah Scranton’s The War Tapes, with footage shot in Iraq by members of the New Hampshire National Guard, won the award for best documentary feature. This year’s Festival included 274 films from 40 countries and featured panel discussions, filmmaker events, gala premieres of major studio releases, and the Family Festival.
Below is a complete list of the awards and their winners:
The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature
Blessed By Fire (Iluminados por el Fuego), Directed by Tristán Bauer, Argentina, Spain
Best Documentary Feature
War Tapes, Directed by Deborah Scranton, USA
Special Documentary Jury Prize
Voices of Bam, Directed by Aliona van der Horst and Maasja Ooms, Netherlands.
Outstanding achievement in documentary
Jesus Camp, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, USA; Jonestown:The Life and Death of Peoples Temple , directed by Stanley Nelson, USA; MAQUILOPOLIS: city of factories, directed by Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre, USA/Mexico
Best New Narrative Filmmaker
Marwan Hamed for The Yacoubian Building (Omaret Yacoubian), Egypt
Best New Documentary Filmmaker
Pelin Esmer for The Play (Oyun), Turkey
Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film
Jürgen Vogel in The Free Will (Der Freie Wille), Germany.
Special mention to Adel Imam, The Yacoubian Building (Omaret Yacoubian), Egypt
Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film
Eva Holubovà in Holiday Makers (Ucastnici zájezdu), Czech Republic.
Special mention to the ensemble cast of Holiday Makers (Ucastnici zájezdu)
NY Loves Film Documentary
When I Came Home, Directed by Dan Lohaus, USA. Honorable mention to Jack Smith and the Destruction Of Atlantis, Directed by Mary Jordan, USA and The Cats of Mirikitani, Directed by Linda Hattendorf, USA
Best Made in New York Narrative Feature
The Treatment, Directed by Oren Rudavsky, USA.
Honorable mention to A Very Serious Person, Directed by Charles Busch, USA
Best Narrative Short
The Shovel, Directed by Nick Childs, USA.
Special mention to Topor and Me (Topor et moi), Directed by Sylvia Kristel, Netherlands
Best Documentary Short
Native New Yorker, Directed by Steve Bilich, USA
Student Visionary Award
Dead End Job, Directed by Samantha Davidson Green, USA
The Cats of Mirikitani, Directed by Linda Hattendorf, USA
Tribeca Film Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenplay Development Winners
Signature series: The Starry Messenger, Screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan. Main program: Project Mustard, Screenwriter Ban Zeff & Producer Andrew Bendel and Challenger, Screenwriter Nicole Perlman
Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for Narrative Feature
Before the Beast Returns by Sterlin Harjo
Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for Documentary Feature
Outside the Box by Lacey Schwartz
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners by Shola Lynch
Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for Screenwriting
Milton Liu for John Hughes Ruined My Life
Ose Oyamendan for Resistance
Congratulations to all the winners!