Tribeca Festival Winners: Lauren Hadaway’s ‘The Novice’, ‘Brighton 4th’, ‘Ascension’ Take Top Honors

Lauren Hadaway’s The Novice, about a queer college freshman who joins her university’s rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top boat, has won the Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film prize at the Tribeca Festival.

Star Isabelle Furman won the best actress prize, and Todd Martin took cinematography honors for the film, the first feature for Hadaway, a former competitive rower.

Brighton 4th, directed by Levan Koguashvili, won the fest’s Best International Narrative Feature Film prize, taking that honor as well as best actor for Levan Tediashvili and screenplay for Boris Frumin. Ascension, directed by Jessica Kingdon, won the top Documentary prize, while Kingdon also won the Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director.

Competition awards were given in Tribeca’s U.S. Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, Short Films, Immersive and the first-ever Podcast and Games categories. The winners of festival’s Audience Awards will be announced next week.

The fest on Thursday also bestowed its annual Nora Ephron Award to Chanel James and Taylor Garron for As of Yet. The award, which includes a $25,000 prize, honors excellence in storytelling by a female writer or director embodying the spirit and boldness of the late filmmaker.

Here’s the winners list:

U.S. NARRATIVE COMPETITION

The Founders Award for Best Feature Film


The Novice, directed and written by Lauren Hadaway


Produced by Ryan Hawkins, Kari Hollend, Steven Sims, Zack Zucker

Best Actress 


Isabelle Furman, The Novice, directed and written by Lauren Hadaway


Produced by Ryan Hawkins, Kari Hollend, Steven Sims, Zack Zucker

Best Actor


Matthew Leone, God’s Waiting Room, directed and written by Tyler Riggs


Produced by Tyler Riggs, Suvi Riggs

Best Cinematography


Todd Martin, The Novice, directed and written by Lauren Hadaway


Produced by Ryan Hawkins, Kari Hollend, Steven Sims, Zack Zucker

Best Screenplay


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, Stephen Braun

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION

Best Feature Film


Brighton 4th, directed by Levan Koguashvili, written by Boris Frumin, Levan Koguashvili


Produced by Irakli Rodonaya, Olena Yershova, Michel Merkt, Kateryna Merkt

Best Actress


Bassant Ahmed & Basmala Elghaiesh, Souad, directed by Ayten Amin, written by Mahmoud Ezzat, Ayten Amin. Produced by Sameh Awad.

Best Actor


Levan Tediashvili, Brighton 4th, directed by Levan Koguashvili, written by Boris Frumin, Levan Koguashvili. Produced by Irakli Rodonaya, Olena Yershova, Michel Merkt, Kateryna Merkt.

Best Cinematography


Elisabeth Vogler, Roaring 20’s, directed by Elisabeth Vogler, written by François Mark, Elisabeth Vogler, Noémie Schmidt, Joris Avodo. Produced by Laurent Rochette.

Best Screenplay


Boris Frumin, Brighton 4th, directed by Levan Koguashvili, written by Boris Frumin, Levan Koguashvili


Produced by Irakli Rodonaya, Olena Yershova, Michel Merkt, Kateryna Merkt

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, Anya Migdal

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Best Feature


Ascension, directed by Jessica Kingdon


Produced by Kira Simon-Kennedy, Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell

Best Editing


Shannon Swan, The Kids, directed by Eddie Martin


Produced by Shannon Swan

Best Cinematography


Bing Liu & Joshua Altman, All These Sons, directed by Bing Liu, Joshua Altman


Produced by Zak Piper, Kelsey Carr, Bing Liu, Joshua Altman

2021 Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director


Jessica Kingdon, Ascension, directed by Jessica Kingdon


Produced by Kira Simon-Kennedy, Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell

NORA EPHRON AWARD

Chanel James & Taylor Garron, As of Yet, directed by Chanel James, Taylor Garron


Produced by Ashley Edouard, Taylor Garron

SHORT CATEGORIES

Best Narrative Short


Rongfei Guo, Girl With a Thermal Gun, directed and written by Rongfei Guo


Produced by Du Yating

Special Jury Mention: Leylak

Best Animated Short


Reza Riahi, Navozande, The Musician, directed and written by Reza Riahi


Produced by Eleanor Coleman, Stéphanie Carreras, Philippe Pujo

Short Documentary Award


Ryan White, Coded, directed by Ryan White


Produced by Christopher Leggett, Jessica Hargrave, Conor Fetting-Smith, Rafael Marmor, Marc Gilbar

Student Visionary Award


Robert Brogden, Six Nights, directed and written by Robert Brogden


Produced by Robert Brogden, Kelley Zincone, Izrael Lopez

PODCAST AWARD

Non-Fiction


House of Pod and Wild Bird Trust, Guardians of the River

Fiction


James Kim and Brooke Iskra, Vermont Ave.

Special Jury Mention: Brooklyn Santa

TRIBECA X AWARD

Best Feature


Dear Santa, Director: Dana Nachman; Brand: The United States Postal Service

Best Episodic


Black Owned, Director: Rodney Lucas; Brand: Square

Best Short


Chinese New Year-Nian, Director: Lulu Wang; Brand: Apple

Immersive


Current, Creator: Annie Saunders; Brand: Brookfield Properties

GAMES

2021 Games Award


Norco, from Geography of Robots, published by Raw Fury

IMMERSIVE COMPETITION CATEGORIES

Best Immersive Narrative Competition Award


Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster, Yasmin Elayat, The Changing Same: Episode 1

Best Creative Nonfiction Competition Award


Annie Saunders, Current

Storyscapes Award


Felix Gaedtke, Gayatri Parameswaran, Kusunda

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