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17TH ANNUAL TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURIED AWARDS

27/04/2018

17TH ANNUAL TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURIED AWARDS April 26th, 2018

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17TH ANNUAL TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURIED AWARDS

Diane, Smuggling Hendrix and Island of the Hungry Ghosts Take Home Top Awards in

U.S. Narrative, International Narrative, and Documentary Competitions

Little Woods Writer/Director Nia DaCostaWins 6th Annual Nora Ephron Award;

Hero Wins Storyscapes Award

To Dust and Bathtubs Over Broadway filmmakers awarded as best new filmmakers

Jeffrey Wright and Alia Shawkat Win Best Actor and Actress for U.S. Narrative Competition;

Rasmus Bruun and Joy Rieger Win Best Actor and Actress for International Narrative Competition

NEW YORK, NY- April 26, 2018 -The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced the winners of its competition categories at the awards ceremony this evening, sponsored by Chloe Wine Collection, at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Top honors went to Diane for the Founders Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature, Smuggling Hendrix for Best International Narrative Feature, and Island of the Hungry Ghosts for Best Documentary Feature. The Festival awarded $145,000 in cash prizes. Tribeca runs through April 29, 2018.

Awards were given in the following feature film competition categories: Founders Award for Best Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, New Narrative Director, The Albert Maysles New Documentary Director, and the Nora Ephron Award, honoring a woman writer or director. Short films were honored in the Narrative, Documentary, Student Visionary and Animation categories.

The Nora Ephron Award awarded a $25,000 prize to writer/director Nia DaCosta for Little Woods. The award was created six years ago to honor excellence in storytelling by a female writer or director embodying the spirit and boldness of the late filmmaker.

Tribeca honored innovation in storytelling with its Storyscapes Award, which went to Hero. Square's For Every Kind of Dream series was honored with the 3rd annual Tribeca X Award, which recognizes excellence in storytelling at the intersection of advertising and entertainment.

It is rewarding to honor films that tell important stories and moved our juries in profound way, commented Jane Rosenthal, CEO, Executive Chair, and Co-Founder, Tribeca Film Festival. Whether they excite, incite, inspire or simply entertain, it is a privilege to launch this worthy group with this special honor at Tribeca.

This years Festival included 99 feature length films, 55 short films, and 35 immersive storytelling projects from 46 countries.

Screenings of the award-winning films will take place throughout the final day of the Festival: Sunday, April 29, at various venues. Specific times and ticketing information are available at www.tribecafilm.com/festival.

The winners of the Audience Awards, powered by AT&T, which are determined by audience votes throughout the Festival via the Festival app, will be announced on April 28.

In addition to cash awards and in-kind services provided by sponsors including AT&T, CHANEL, Chloe Wine Collection, CNN Films, and Nutella, a number of the winners were presented with original pieces of art created by contemporary artists: Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh, Meghan Boody, Nancy Dwyer, Eddie Kang, David Levinthal, John F. Simon Jr., Joan Snyder, and Julia Wachtel, as well as longtime Tribeca supporter Stephen Hannock.

The winners, awards, and comments from the jury who selected the recipients are as follows:

U.S. NARRATIVE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

The jurors for the 2018 U.S. Narrative Competition were Justin Bartha, Alexander Dinelaris, Bilge Ebiri, Amy Hobby, Chris Messina, and Lakeith Stanfield.

Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature - Diane written and directed by Kent Jones. Winner receives $20,000, sponsored by AT&T, and the art award The Lady of Shalott, Cool Evening by Stephen Hannock. The award was given by on behalf of the jury by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal joined by Fiona Carter, AT&T, Chief Brand Officer.

Jury Comment: Here we were presented with another very difficult decision, but after careful consideration we have chosen a film that we believe encompasses the beauty, aesthetic, as well as the powerful themes of love, struggle, life, death, and womanhood that are the spirit of this years Festival. For those reasons, our selection for this years Best Narrative Feature is Diane.

Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film - Alia Shawkat in Duck Butter. The award was sponsored by Chloe Wine Collection. The award was given by Justin Bartha on behalf of the jury along with Eben Gillette, Vice President of Marketing for Chloe Wine Collection.

Jury Comment: To choose a Best Actress this year was a uniquely difficult decision, as this years Festival was jam-packed with truly amazing female performances. The actress we eventually chose to highlight gives a strikingly raw, connected, and honest performance about a character struggling to be raw, connected, and honest. This woman also co-wrote, co-produced and helped conceive this film so it goes without saying that without Alia Shawkat there would be no Duck Butter.

Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film - Jeffrey Wright in O.G. The award was given by Justin Bartha on behalf of the jury.

Jury Comment: This year's best actor has been transforming himself on stage, film, and television for many years. His performance in this year's competition entry testifies to his talent, sensitivity, and craft. With masterful restraint, the inner life of his character seethes out of his pores. He has crafted a performance that solidifies his standing as one of the greatest actors working today. The award for Best Actor goes to Jeffrey Wright, for O.G.

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