Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Awards Announced

Tonight, as the Tribeca Film Festival comes to an end, the Festival Awards were announced. This year the jury was comprised of Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Cheryl Hines, America Ferrera, Justin Bartha, Brooke Shields, Alicia Keys, Zach Braff, Aidan Quinn, Hope Davis, Gary Ross, Selma Blair, Peter Facinelli, Whoopi Goldberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey were among the 35 festival jurors.

The big prize for Best Narrative Feature went to, “When We Leave” (Germany), written and directed by Feo Aladag. Also Best Documentary Feature went to, “Monica & David” (USA) directed by Alexandra Codina. You can read my review of “Monica & David”. The film follows a married couple with Down Syndrome, learning to live together and wanting to gain more adult responsiblities was the most charming film I’ve seen during the festival. The couple accepted the award in New York City.

Although I am personally disappointed my favorite documentary, “The Arbor” didn’t get the award, its director Clio Barnard, did receive the Best New Documentary Filmmaker prize of $25,000.

Dana Adam Shapiro’s “Monogamy” won the prize for Best New York Narrative. This was Shapiro’s first narrative feature and was the director of the documentary, “Murderball”. “Monogamy” stars Chris Messina and Rashida Jones. This was a very interesting character study and comment on internet voyeurism and relationships. Highly watchable!

This year covering the Tribeca Film Festival was an honor and writing reviews for our readers was a privilege. I was exposed to films I wouldn’t have seen otherwise if not for the festival. Such films like Brilliante Mendoza’s “Lola” and Clio Barnard’s “The Arbor” will stay with me for a long time.

You can check out our coverage of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

Well, the jury is in and here are the winners:


Tribeca World Competition Category winners:

The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature – When We Leave (Die Fremde), directed and written by Feo Aladag. (Germany). Winner receives $25,000 cash and the art award ‘Study: Northern City Renaissance’ (Mass MoCA #379K) 2008, commissioned by Sting, created by Stephen Hannock. Sponsored by AKA Hotel Residences.

Special Jury Mention: Loose Cannons, directed by Ferzan Ozpetek and written by Ferzan Ozpetek and Ivan Cotroneo.

Best Documentary Feature – Monica & David, directed by Alexandra Codina. (USA). Sponsored by HBO. Winner receives $25,000 in cash and the art award ‘Jorge, 2003/2009’ by Vik Muniz. [Read our preview here.]

Special Jury Mention: Budrus directed by Julia Bacha (USA, Palestine, Israel).

Best New Documentary Filmmaker – Clio Barnard for The Arbor (UK). Winner receives $25,000 cash. Sponsored by American Express.

Best New Narrative Filmmaker – Kim Chapiron for Dog Pound, written by Kim Chapiron and Jeremie Delon. (France). Winner receives $25,000 cash. Sponsored by American Express. [Read our preview here.]

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film – Eric Elmosnino for his role in Gainsbourg, Je t’Aime’¦Moi Non Plus, directed and written by Joann Sfar. Winner receives two BusinessElite ticket vouchers for anywhere Delta travels. [Read our preview here.]

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film – Sibel Kekilli for her role in When We Leave (Die Fremde), directed and written by Feo Aladag. Winner receives two BusinessElite ticket vouchers for anywhere Delta travels.

New York Competition Category winners:

Best New York Narrative – Monogamy, directed by Dana Adam Shapiro, written by Dana Adam Shapiro and Evan M. Weiner. (USA). Winner receives $10,000 cash, $50,000 in post-production services donated by Company 3, and the art award ‘SeaScape Frame’ by Valerie Hegarty.

Special Jury Mention: Melissa Leo for her performance in The Space Between, directed and written by Travis Fine.

Best New York Documentary – The Woodmans, directed by C. Scott Willis. (USA, Italy, China). Sponsored by Polaroid. Winner receives $10,000 cash, $50,000 in post-production services donated by Company 3, and art award ‘New York Studio n.21’ by Maurizio Galimberti. [Read our preview here.]

Short Film Competition Category winners:

Best Narrative Short – Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here, directed by Bekhi Sibiya, written by Sibongile Nkosana, Bongi Ndaba. (South Africa). Winner receives $5,000 cash, 5,000 feet of 35mm film stock donated by Kodak, and the art award ‘A Box of Smile, 1967/89’ by Yoko Ono.

Special Jury Mention: The Crush, directed and written by Michael Creagh. (Ireland).

Best Documentary Short – White Lines & The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug, directed and written by Travis Senger. (USA). Winner receives $5,000 cash, 5,000 feet of 35mm film stock donated by Kodak and the art award ‘Fruits of War’ by Spencer Platt.

Special Jury Mention: Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn, directed and written by Nancy Kapitanoff, Sharon Yamato. (USA).

Student Visionary Award – some boys don’t leave, directed by Maggie Kiley, written by Matthew Mullen, Maggie Kiley. (USA). Winner receives MacPro Desktop with Final Cut Pro and a 24-inch monitor provided by Apple and the art award ‘Inauguration Angel’ by Maira Kalman.

Special Jury Mention: The Pool Party, directed and written by Sara Zandieh. (Iran, USA).

Tribeca Film Festival Virtual Category winners:

Best Feature Film: Spork, directed and written by J. B. Ghuman, Jr. (USA). Winner receives $25,000 cash. Sponsored by American Express.

Best Short Film: Delilah, Before, directed Melanie Schiele. Winner receives $5,000 cash. Sponsored by American Express.