Tribeca Film Festival announced the Audience Award winners for the 21st annual Festival, with Ellie Foumbi’s feature directorial debut, Our Father, The Devil winning for Best Narrative Feature, and The Cave of Adullam winning for Best Documentary.
Our Father, The Devil directed by Ellie Foumbi tells an unnerving tale about a medical worker’s tumultuous past coming back to haunt her; and The Cave of Adullam directed by Laura Checkoway is a heartwarming story about a martial arts instructor mentoring young Black boys while offering guidance and tough love.
The Audience Award for the Best Online Premiere went to Cherry, directed by Sophie Galibert which follows the story of an uncommitted 25-year-old in Los Angeles who discovers she has only 24 hours to make one of the most consequential decisions of her life.
The full list of Audience Award winners can be found below.
AUDIENCE AWARD – NARRATIVE
First Place: Our Father, the Devil – Directed by Ellie Foumbi
Marie Cissé’s (Babetida Sadjo) troubled past comes calling with the arrival of Father Patrick (Souléymane Sy Savané), an African priest whom she recognizes from a terrifying episode in her homeland.
Second Place: Wes Schlagenhauf Is Dying – Directed by Parker Seaman
A personalized video message to a coworker who contracted COVID, ignites an artistic fire in two aspiring directors, inspiring them to take a cross country road trip to visit their sick friend.
AUDIENCE AWARD – DOCUMENTARY
First Place: The Cave of Adullam – Directed by Laura Checkoway
A heartwarming look at Detroit martial arts teacher Jason Wilson, who mentors young Black boys, giving them rare and invaluable experience of being seen and cared for as the vulnerable beings they are.
Second Place: Lift – Directed by David Peterson
New York Theatre Ballet’s Project LIFT program has been offering scholarships to homeless, home insecure and at-risk children, exposing them to the beauty and discipline of ballet, often for the first time while helping them develop talent they never knew they had.
AUDIENCE AWARD – ONLINE
First Place: Cherry – Directed by Sophie Galibert
A driftless and uncommitted 25-year-old in Los Angeles discovers she has only 24 hours to make one of the most consequential decisions of her life, what to do about an unplanned pregnancy.
Second Place: In Her Name – Directed by Sarah Carter
Frustrated, aspiring artist Freya has to put her career on hold to care for her formerly famous artist dad. When her estranged, well-heeled sister Fiona shows up, the sisters grapple with the impending demise of their father, reigniting their sibling rivalry.