Film News: 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Honors ‘Diane’ as Best U.S. Narrative Feature

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NEW YORK CITY – The 17th Edition of the Tribeca Film Festival continues through April 29th, 2018, but the main jury awards were announced on April 26th at Awards Night ceremonies. “DIane,” directed by Kent Jones, was awarded Best U.S. Narrative Feature. “Smuggling Hendrix” took the honors for Best International Narrative Feature, and “Island of Hungry Ghosts” was Best Documentary Feature.

Awards were distributed in the following feature film competition categories – U.S. Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, New Narrative Director, The Albert Maysles New Documentary Director, and the Nora Ephron Prize, honoring a woman writer or director. Awards were also given in the short film categories – Narrative, Documentary, Student Visionary and Animation. For the sixth year, Tribeca awarded innovation in storytelling through its Storyscapes Award for immersive (VR) storytelling.

Jury Awards for the 17th Tribeca Film Festival Took Place on April 26th, 2018
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“It is rewarding to honor films that tell important stories and moved our juries in profound way. Whether they excite, incite, inspire or simply entertain, it is a privilege to launch this worthy group with this special honor at Tribeca,” commented Jane Rosenthal, CEO, Executive Chair, and Co-Founder, Tribeca Film Festival.

The following are the jury awards for the 17th Tribeca Film Festival, given by category…

StarU.S. Narrative Competition

’Diane,’ Directed by Kent Jones
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The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature: “Diane,” directed by Kent Jones

Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film: Jeffery Wright in “O.G.”

Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film: Alia Shawkat in “Duck Butter”

Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film Wyatt Garfield for “Diane”

Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film Kent Jones for “Diane”

StarInternational Narrative Competition

’ Smuggling Hendrix,’ directed by Marios Piperides
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Best International Narrative Feature: “Smuggling Hendrix” (Cyprus, Germany, Greece), directed by Marios Piperides

Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature: Ramus Bruun in “The Saint Bernard Syndicate” (Denmark)

Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature: Joy Rieger in “Virgins” (France, Israel, Belgium)

Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film Albert Salas for “Obey” (UK)

Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film Lærke Sanderhoff for “The Saint Bernard Syndicate” 

StarWorld Documentary Competition

‘Island of Hungry Ghosts,’ Directed by Gabrielle Brady
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Best Documentary Feature: “Island of Hungry Ghosts” (Germany, UK, Australia), directed by Gabrielle Brady

Best Documentary Cinematography: Niels van Koevorden for “Tanzania Transit” (Netherlands)

Best Documentary Editing: Frederick Shanahan, Jon Kasbe, Caitlyn Greene for “When Lambs Become Lions” (USA)

StarShort Film Competition

’Late Afternoon,’ Directed by Louise Bagnal
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Best Narrative Short: “Phone Duty,” directed by Lenar Kamalov (Russia)

Best Animated Short: “Late Afternoon,” directed by Louise Bagnall (Ireland)

Best Documentary Short: “Notes from Dunblane: Lessons from a School Shooting,” directed by Kim A. Snyder (USA)

Student Visionary Award: “The Life of Esteban,” directed by Inès Eshun (Belgium)

StarNew Narrative and Documentary Director Competition

Best New Narrative Director: Shawn Snyder, director of “To Dust” (USA).

Best New Documentary Director: (AKA the Albert Maysles Award) Dava Whisenant for “Bathtubs Over Broadway” (USA)

StarStoryscapes Award

“Hero” (USA), created by Navid Khonsari, Vassiliki Khonsari, and Brooks Brown

StarThe Nora Ephron Prize

Nia DaCosta director of “Little Woods” (USA)

The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival runs through Sunday, April 29th. For previous articles (scroll down) on the 17th Tribeca Film Festival, by Patrick McDonald of, click here. For more general information on 2018 Tribeca, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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