The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival winners were announced today, with Demetri Martin’s “Dean” taking one of the night’s most sought-after prizes.
The drama, which was written, directed and features comedian Demetri Martin, won in the narrative feature category. In the film Dean (Martin) is an artist who is facing the prospect of adulthood along with all of the uncertainties that can be expected. Recently out of a serious relationship and coming to terms with his family home being sold, Dean watches as his friends move forward in life whilst he confronts stagnation. During an impromptu trip to Los Angeles, he meets Nicky (Gillian Jacobs), and finds that he is able to be himself in her presence. Meanwhile his father (Kevin Kline) is also following a similar trajectory, just at a different stage in life. After meeting a real estate agent (Mary Steenburgen) he finds himself opening up again, since the death of his wife. This quirky and comedic coming-of-adult-age story serves as a love note to both the East and West Coast. Martin showcases his visual and artistic flair in a self-assured debut that reflects the interpersonal deliberations so many of us often face in life.
U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature – Dean, written and directed by Demetri Martin.
Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Dominic Rains in The Fixer.
Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Mackenzie Davis in Always Shine.
Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Cinematography by Michael Ragen for Kicks.
Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Women Who Kill written by Ingrid Jungermann.
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
The Best International Narrative Feature – Junction 48, written and directed by Udi Aloni.
Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film – Alan Sabbagh in The Tenth Man.
Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film – Radhika Apte in Clean Shaven, a part of Madly.
Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film – Cinematography by Kjell Vassdal for El Clásico.
Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film – Perfect Strangers, written by Filippo Bologna, Paolo Costella, Paolo Genovese, Paola Mammini, and Rolando Ravello.
WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
Best Documentary Feature – Do Not Resist, directed by Craig Atkinson (USA).
Best Documentary Cinematography – Cinematography by Jarred Alterman for Contemporary Color (USA).
Best Documentary Editing – Editing by Bill Ross for Contemporary Color (USA).
Best New Narrative Director Award — Priscilla Anany, director of Children of the Mountain (USA, Ghana).
Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award — David Feige for Untouchable (USA)
SHORT-FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
Best Narrative Short – Hold On (Houvast), directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson (Netherlands).
Best Documentary Short – Extremis directed by Dan Krauss (USA).
Student Visionary Award – Ping Pong Coach (乒乓), directed by Yi Liu. (Taiwan R.O.C., USA).
Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness created by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, and James Spinney.
THE NORA EPHRON PRIZE
Rachel Tunnard, director, writer, and editor of Adult Life Skills (UK).
TRIBECA X AWARD
Hearing Colors, created by Greg Brunkalla for Samsung.