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2015 Tribeca Film Festival awards announced

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Over the weekend, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival gave out their annual awards, putting a bow on the latest installment of the fest. It was a pretty solid festival, as far as I could tell, though in all fairness I saw less movies this year than I usually do at Tribeca. Still, the films that I did wind up privy to wound up impressing me, by and large. Most of my favorite titles weren’t cited by these awards, but one sort of was, and that was Leslye Headland’s wonderful Sleeping with Other People. That was a runner up (as you’ll see below), but it deserved plenty more.

I personally would have given some awards to not just Sleeping with Other People, but also titles like Grandma, Misery Loves Comedy, and Slow West as well. I might do my own awards/best of piece later on in the week, but just know that those films, along with Headland’s writing and direction, plus the performances of Alison Brie, Sam Elliot, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Sudeikis and Lily Tomlin are worthy of mention. That’s not how the audience members and jury members at Tribeca voted, but that’s a small sample of how I would have voted, just so you know that much.

The big winners at Tribeca were King Jack (winner of the Narrative Audience Award), Sleeping with Other People (runner up), TransFatty Lives (winner of the Documentary Audience Award), and Song of Lahore (runner up) on the Audience Award side. On the Jury side, we had Virgin Mountain (Best Narrative Feature), Democrats (Best Documentary Feature), and Men Go To Battle (Best New Narrative Director) among the titles being honored. You can see all of the winners below, but those were the ones that jumped out at me and I wanted to highlight. They purportedly represent the best that Tribeca had to offer this time around.

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Enough talk. Here now are the awards given out at the conclusion of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival:

NARRATIVE AUDIENCE AWARD
King Jack
Director: Felix Thompson

Runner-up
Sleeping with Other People
Director: Leslye Headland

DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD
TransFatty Lives
Director: Patrick O’Brien

Runner-up
Song of Lahore
Director: Andy Schocken and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION
The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature
Virgin Mountain
Director: Dagur Kári
Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film
Gunnar Jónsson as Fúsi in Virgin Mountain
Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film
Hannah Murray as Sara in Bridgend
Best Cinematography
Magnus Jønck for Bridgend
Best Screenplay
Dagur Kári for Virgin Mountain
Best Narrative Editing
Oliver Bugge Coutté for Bridgend

WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Best Documentary Feature
Democrats
Director: Camilla Nielsson
Special Jury Mention
In Transit
Director: Albert Maysles, Nelson Walker, Lynn True, David Usui, and Ben Wu.
Best Documentary Editing
Valerio Bonelli, for Palio

BEST NEW FEATURE DIRECTOR
Best New Narrative Director
Zachary Treitz, for Men Go To Battle
Special Jury Mention
Stephen Fingleton for The Survivalist

BEST NEW DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR
Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award
Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands for Uncertain
Special Jury Mention
Erik Shirai for The Birth of Saké

SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Best Narrative Short
Listen
Directors: Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni
Special Jury Mention
Statistical Analysis of Your Failing Relationship
Director: Miles Jay

2015 BEST DOCUMENTARY AND STUDENT VISIONARY AWARD
Best Documentary Short
Body Team 12
Director: David Darg
Special Jury Mention
We Live This
Director: James Burns
Student Visionary Award
Catwalk
Director: Ninja Thyberg
Special Jury Mention
Kingdom of Garbage
Director: Yasir Kareem

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® STORYSCAPES AWARD
Door Into the Dark, created by Amy Rose and May Abdalla at Anagram

THE NORA EPHRON PRIZE
Sworn Virgin
Director: Laura Bispuri
Writers: Francesca Manieri and Bispuri
Special Jury Mention
Being 14
Director, writer: Hélène Zimmer

Congrats to all of the winners from this year’s now concluded Tribeca Film Festival!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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