The Novice, Brighton 4th, and Ascension have triumphed in the juried awards categories at 2021 Tribeca Festival.
Lauren Hadaway’s The Novice was named best US narrative feature at 2021 Tribeca Festival, while Levan Koguashvili’s Brighton 4th won best international film.
Jessica Kingdon’s Ascension was named best documentary feature in the juried awards. Visit Films holds worldwide rights and is launching sales at the virtual Cannes market next week.
In other awards announced on Thursday (June 17), Isabelle Furman won best actress for The Novice and Matthew Leone was named best actor for God’s Waiting Room in the US narrative feature category, while Hannah Marks won for her screenplay to Mark, Mary, And Some Other People.
Turning to international features, Bassant Ahmed and Basmala Elghaiesh shared the best actress award for Ayten Amin’s Souad (Egypt-Tunisia-Germany) and Levan Tediashvili won best actor for Brighton 4th (Georgia-Russia-Bulgaria-USA-Monaco). The film also picked up best screenplay for Boris Frumin.
The best new narrative director prize went to Nana Mensah for Queen Of Glory, while Ascension’s Kingdon won the 2021 Albert Maysles Award for best new documentary director, and the Nora Ephron Award honouring excellence in storytelling by a female writer or director went to co-directors Chanel James and Taylor Garron for As Of Yet.
“It’s been a challenging time for filmmakers, storytellers, and actors, and we’re so proud to honour the perseverance and dedication many of them displayed while working through the many obstacles that arose as a result of COVID-19,” said Cara Cusumano, festival director and vice president of programming. “Each of these recipients truly embody the spirit of our creative community.”
Tribeca Festival’s 20th edition runs from June 9-20. Audience award winners will be announced next week.