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Tribeca Festival Juried Winners Include ‘The Novice,’ ‘Brighton 4th,’ ‘Ascension’

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The Tribeca Festival 2021 has announced the full list of winners for each of its competition categories. Lauren Hadaway’s “The Novice” won for narrative feature, Levan Koguashvili’s “Brighton 4th” won for international feature and Jessica Kingdon’s “Ascension” won for documentary feature.

Awards were given out for the following competition categories: U.S. narrative, international narrative, documentary, short films, immersive, the Nora Ephron award and the first-ever podcast and games categories.

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“It’s been a challenging time for filmmakers, storytellers, and actors, and we’re so proud to honor the perseverance and dedication many of them displayed while working through the many obstacles that arose as a result of COVID-19,” Cara Cusumano, festival director and vice president of programming, said in a statement. “Each of these recipients truly embody the spirit of our creative community.”

The winners of the audience awards, which are determined by audience votes throughout the festival, will be announced next week.

The full list of winners for the 20th anniversary of the Tribeca Festival are as follows:

US Narrative Competition

The jurors for the 2021 US narrative competition were Ana Lily Amirpour, Derek Cianfrance, Bryan Cranston, OK and Erica Huggins.

The Founders Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film — The Novice

Directed and written by Lauren Hadaway. Produced by Ryan Hawkins, Kari Hollend, Steven Sims and Zack Zucker.

Art Award — Meghan Boody’s Opening Night, 2019 C Print Face-Mounted to Mat Plexiglass and Back Mounted to White Plexiglass ⅖

Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film — Isabelle Furman, The Novice

Directed and written by Lauren Hadaway. Produced by Ryan Hawkins, Kari Hollend, Steven Sims and Zack Zucker.

Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film — Matthew Leone, God’s Waiting Room

Directed and written by Tyler Riggs. Produced by Tyler Riggs and Suvi Riggs.

Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film — Todd Martin, The Novice

Directed and written by Lauren Hadaway. Produced by Ryan Hawkins, Kari Hollend, Steven Sims and Zack Zucker.

Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film — Hannah Marks; Mark, Mary, and Some Other People

Directed and written by Hannah Marks. Produced by Hannah Marks, Pete Williams, Jon Lullo, Brendan Walter, Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams and Stephen Braun.

International Narrative Competition

The Jurors for the 2021 international narrative competition were Lesli Klainberg, Melissa Leo, Delroy Lindo, Alexander Payne and Peter Scarlet.

Best International Narrative Feature Film — Brighton 4th

Directed by Levan Koguashvili, written by Boris Frumin and Levan Koguashvili. Produced by Irakli Rodonaya, Olena Yershova, Michel Merkt and Kateryna Merkt.

Art Award — Gus Van Sant’s Devil in Hell, 2021 Encaustic on Paper

Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film — Bassant Ahmed & Basmala Elghaiesh, Souad

Directed by Ayten Amin, written by Mahmoud Ezzat and Ayten Amin. Produced by Sameh Awad.

Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film — Levan Tediashvili, Brighton 4th

Directed by Levan Koguashvili, written by Boris Frumin and Levan Koguashvili. Produced by Irakli Rodonaya, Olena Yershova, Michel Merkt and Kateryna Merkt.

Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film — Elisabeth Vogler, Roaring 20’s

Directed by Elisabeth Vogler; written by François Mark, Elisabeth Vogler, Noémie Schmidt and Joris Avodo. Produced by Laurent Rochette.

Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film — Boris Frumin, Brighton 4th

Directed by Levan Koguashvili, written by Boris Frumin and Levan Koguashvili. Produced by Irakli Rodonaya, Olena Yershova, Michel Merkt and Kateryna Merkt.

The Jurors for the best new narrative director competition were Aya Cash, Sanaa Lathan and Chris Weitz.

Best New Narrative Director — Nana Mensah, Queen of Glory

Directed and written by Nana Mensah. Produced by Jamund Washington, Kelley Robins Hicks, Baff Akoto, Nana Mensah and Anya Migdal.

Art Award — Will Ryman’s Flag, 2021 Wood, Foam, Paint

Documentary Competition

The Jurors for the 2021 best new documentary feature competition were Kirby Dick, Matt Tyrnauer and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

Best Documentary Feature — Ascension

Directed by Jessica Kingdon. Produced by Kira Simon-Kennedy, Jessica Kingdon and Nathan Truesdell.

Art Award — Clifford Ross’s Waterline VI, 2020 Pigment Ink on Rag Paper

Best Editing, Documentary Feature — Shannon Swan, The Kids

Directed by Eddie Martin. Produced by Shannon Swan.

Best Cinematography, Documentary Feature — Bing Liu & Joshua Altman, All These Sons

Directed by Bing Liu and Joshua Altman. Produced by Zak Piper, Kelsey Carr, Bing Liu and Joshua Altman.

The Jurors for the documentary director competition were Iyabo Boyd, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon and Omar Metwally.

The 2021 Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director — Jessica Kingdon, Ascension

Directed by Jessica Kingdon. Produced by Kira Simon-Kennedy, Jessica Kingdon and Nathan Truesdell.

Art Award — Jeff Chie-Hsing Liao’s View from Tribeca, 2018 Archival Ink Print

The Nora Ephron Award

The Jurors for the Nora Ephron award were Patricia Arquette, Mollye Asher, Leslie Dixon, Judith Godreche and Sharon Stone.

The 2021 Nora Ephron Award — Chanel James & Taylor Garron, As of Yet

Directed by Chanel James and Taylor Garron. Produced by Ashley Edouard and Taylor Garron.

Art Award — Sheila Berger’s In Between, 2014 Pencil on Paper

Short Categories

The Jurors for the 2021 narrative short competition were Justin Bartha, Elegance Bratton, Margaret Cho, Hari Nef and Sheila Nevins.

Best Narrative Short Award — Rongfei Guo, Girl With a Thermal Gun

Directed and written by Rongfei Guo. Produced by Du Yating.

Art Award — Stephen Hannock’s Art Museums Take a Breath, 2021 Charcoal and Chalk on paper

Special Jury Mention: Leylak

Best Animated Short Award — Reza Riahi and Navozande, The Musician

Directed and written by Reza Riahi. Produced by Eleanor Coleman, Stéphanie Carreras and Philippe Pujo.

Art Award — Curtis Kulig’s A Stern Foe of Snobbishness, 2020 Oil on Canvas

The Jurors for the 2021 short documentary and student visionary competition section were Rashid Johnson, Tig Notaro and Adria Petty.

Short Documentary Award — Ryan White, Coded

Directed by Ryan White. Produced by Christopher Leggett, Jessica Hargrave, Conor Fetting-Smith, Rafael Marmor and Marc Gilbar. Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris.

Art Award — Laurie Simmons’ How We See/Ajak (Violet), 2015

The 2021 Student Visionary Award — Robert Brogden, Six Nights

Directed and written by Robert Brogden. Produced by Robert Brogden, Kelley Zincone and Izrael Lopez.

Art Award — Deborah Kass’s Being Alive, 2021 Medium: 9-color Silkscreen and Color Blend on 2-ply Museum Board

Podcast Award

The Jurors for the 2021 best podcast non-fiction award were N’Jeri Eaton, Rachel Ghiazza and Latie Nasser.

Podcast Non-Fiction Award — House of Pod and Wild Bird Trust, Guardians of the River

The Jurors for the 2021 best podcast fiction award were Neil Drumming, Lauren Shippen and Mimi O’Donnell.

Podcast Fiction Award — James Kim and Brooke Iskra, Vermont Ave.

Special Jury Mention: Brooklyn Santa

Tribeca X Award

The Jurors for the Tribeca X award were Justine Armour Justine, David Bornoff, Morgan Cooper, Senain Kheshgi and Emily Oberman.

Tribeca X Award for Best Feature — Dear Santa

Director: Dana Nachman; Brand: The United States Postal Service

Tribeca X Award for Best Episodic — Black Owned

Director: Rodney Lucas; Brand: Square

Tribeca X Award for Best Short — Chinese New Year-Nian

Director: Lulu Wang; Brand: Apple

Tribeca X Immersive Award — Current

Creator: Annie Saunders; Brand: Brookfield Properties

Games

The Jurors for games were Elijah Wood, Neill Blomkamp, Tanya DePass, Jen Zee and Reggie Fils-Aimé.

The 2021 Games Award — Norco

From Geography of Robots, published by Raw Fury

Immersive Competition Categories

The Jurors for the 2021 best immersive narrative competition were Warrington Hudlin, Laura Mingail and Jake Sally.

Best Immersive Narrative Competition Award — Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster, Yasmin Elayat; The Changing Same: Episode 1

The Jurors for the 2021 best creative nonfiction competition section were Diliana Alexander, Jimmy Chang and Gabo Arora.

Best Creative Nonfiction Competition — Annie Saunders, Current

Storyscapes Award — Felix Gaedtke, Gayatri Parameswaran, Kusunda

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