Dean, Junction 48, and Do Not Resist won the top prizes at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival awards ceremony.
“We are proud to celebrate the winning filmmakers, artists, and creators from our 15th edition,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival. “Their stories have entertained, inspired, and challenged us to think about the world and we are grateful to them for sharing their work with us.”
Screenings of the award–winning films will take place throughout the final day of the Festival, Sunday, April 24.
The complete list of 2016 Tribeca Film Festival awards and winners.
U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION CATEGORIES
The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature: Dean, written and directed by Demetri Martin.
Comedian Demetri Martin performs triple threat duties in this heartfelt comedy, with writing, directing, and starring credits. Dean (Martin) is an artist who is facing the prospect of adulthood along with all of the uncertainties that can be expected. Recently out of a serious relationship and coming to terms with his family home being sold, Dean watches as his friends move forward in life whilst he confronts stagnation. During an impromptu trip to Los Angeles, he meets Nicky (Gillian Jacobs), and finds that he is able to be himself in her presence. Meanwhile his father (Kevin Kline) is also following a similar trajectory, just at a different stage in life. After meeting a real estate agent (Mary Steenburgen) he finds himself opening up again, since the death of his wife. This quirky and comedic coming-of-adult-age story serves as a love note to both the East and West Coast. Martin showcases his visual and artistic flair in a self-assured debut that reflects the interpersonal deliberations so many of us often face in life.
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 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 in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film: 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 Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film: Mackenzie Davis in Always Shine.
Jury Comment: “For the unapologetic, fierce, brave, compelling, and vulnerable portrayal.”
Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film: Michael Ragen for Kicks.
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 in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film: Ingrid Jungermann for Women Who Kill.
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.”
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Best International Narrative Feature: Junction 48, written and directed by Udi Aloni.
“My songs aren’t political, they just describe the place I come from.” Aspiring rapper Kareem (Tamer Nafar), the central character in Udi Aloni’s Junction 48, infuses his every action with music: from meeting friends and family dinners to video chats with his girlfriend Manar (Samar Qupty). After a car wreck kills his father and critically injures his mother, music is the thing to which he clings. But as his hip-hop ensemble begins to rise in the ranks of acclaim, we begin to question whether his lyrics can really be divorced from his politics. The title of the film refers to the 1948 Palestine War, the aftermath of which still looms large over successive generations. The film has its share of sudden and senseless violence, deploying the single crack of a pistol to explore the intersection of personal and political tragedy.
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 in an International Narrative Feature Film: Alan Sabbagh in The Tenth Man.
Jury Comment: “A performance of natural subtlety that reflected a community that is un known to most of us. An intriguing journey for connection in search for identity.”
Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film: 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 in an International Narrative Feature Film: Kjell Vassdal for El Clásico.
Jury Comment: “This award goes to an expansive, naturalistic photography in serving the narrative and the emotional journey of the characters.”
Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film: Filippo Bologna, Paolo Costella, Paolo Genovese, Paola Mammini, and Rolando Ravello for Perfect Strangers.
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.”
WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Best Documentary Feature: Do Not Resist, directed by Craig Atkinson (USA).
Do Not Resist is an urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Opening on startling on-the-scene footage in Ferguson, Missouri, the film then broadens its scope to present scenes from across the country—a conference presentation where the value of high-end weapons technologies is presented to potential police buyers, a community that has just received its very own military-grade tank, and a SWAT team arriving at a home to execute a warrant. The cumulative effect of these vignettes paints a startling picture of the direction our local law enforcement is headed.
Jury Comment: “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).
Best Documentary Editing: Bill Ross for Contemporary Color (USA).
Jury Comment: “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.”
BEST NEW NARRATIVE DIRECTOR COMPETITION
Best New Narrative Director: Priscilla Anany, director of Children of the Mountain (USA, Ghana).
Jury Comment: “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.”
BEST NEW DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR COMPETITION
Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award – David Feige for Untouchable (USA).
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.”
SHORT FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Best Narrative Short: Hold On (Houvast), directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson (Netherlands).
Jury Comment: “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.”
The 2016 Best Documentary Short and Student Visionary Award jurors were Maria Cuomo Cole, Mark Conseulos, Jessica Yu, Parker Posey, and Alan Yang.
Best Documentary Short: Extremis directed by Dan Krauss (USA).
Jury Comment: “This film’s cinematography is intimate yet unobtrusive; its point of view is empathetic and non-judgmental. 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). W
Jury Comment: “For its naturalistic tone and compelling performances, this film impacted us in a real way.”
Storyscapes Award: Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness created by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, and James Spinney.
Jury Comment: “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.'”
THE NORA EPHRON PRIZE
The Nora Ephron Prize: Rachel Tunnard, director, writer, and editor of Adult Life Skills (UK). W
Jury Comment: “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!”
TRIBECA X AWARD
Tribeca X Award: Hearing Colors created by Greg Brunkalla for Samsung.
Jury Comment: “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.”