Tribeca: Kim Mordaunt's 'The Rocket' Named Best Narrative Feature

The Rocket Tribeca Film Still - H 2013

The Rocket Tribeca Film Still - H 2013

Dan Krauss' "The Kill Team" is recognized as best documentary feature.

Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket took home the Founders Award as best narrative feature in the world narrative competition at the 12th Tribeca Film Festival, which handed out prizes Thursday night at a ceremony held at the Conrad New York in New York.

The festival, which runs through April 28, hailed Dan KraussThe Kill Team as the best documentary feature in the world documentary competition.

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The story of a displaced family in urban Laos, The Rocket received $25,000, sponsored by AKA, and the art award “Two Voices #1" by Angelina Nasso, which was presented by festival co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. The film also earned a best actor award for the nonprofessional actor Sitthiphon Disamoe.

A special jury mention went to Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, directed by Sam Fleischner.

Veerle Baetens of The Broken Circle Breakdown was named best actress in a narrative feature film.

The award for best cinematography went to Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen for Hisham Zaman’s Before Snowfall.

Carol Joos and Felix van Groeningen were awarded the prize for best screenplay for The Broken Circle Breakdown, which van Groeningen also wrote.

In the competition for best new narrative director, the winner was Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais for the Canadian film Whitewash. A special jury mention went to Emir Baigazin for the film Harmony Lessons.

For taking the top prize in the world documentary competition for The Kill Team, which examines how young soldiers are trained for war, Krauss received $25,000, sponsored by Citizens of Humanity, and the art award “Harley Before the White Prom” by Gillian Laub, which was presented by Mira Sorvino and Gareth Baxendale from Citizens of Humanity.

A special jury mention went to Oxyana, directed by Sean Dunne. Dunne also received the top prize as best new documentary director in the separate best new documentary director competition.

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Let the Fire Burn, edited by Nels Bangerter, received the prize for best editing in a documentary feature. Jason Osder received a special mention in the documentary director competition for directing the film.

In short film competition categories, the winners were: best narrative short, The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars, directed by Edoardo Ponti; special jury mention, Yardbird, by Michael Spiccia; best documentary short, Coach, directed by Bess Kargman; special jury mention, Royal American, directed by Michael Scalisi; student visionary award, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, directed by Stephen Dunn; and special jury mention, Reporting on the Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust, by Emily Harrold.

The Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia was awarded to Sandy Storyline, created by Rachel Falcone, Laura Gottesdiener and Michael Premo.

In the Tribeca Online Festival categories, the winners were: best feature film, Lil Bub & Friends, directed by Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner; best short film, A Short Film About Guns, directed by Minos Papas.



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