The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by founding sponsor American Express®, announced the winners of its competition categories tonight at a ceremony hosted at the Conrad New York in New York City. 

The world competition winners for narrative and documentary films were chosen from 12 narrative and 12 documentary features from 14 different countries. Selected from a pool of 24 feature films throughout the program, the Best New Director prizes were awarded to a first-time director for both narrative and documentary films. Awards were also given for the best narrative short, best documentary short and student visionary films in the short film competitions.

This year’s Festival included 89 features and 60 short films from 38 countries, programmed by a team led by Tribeca’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Gilmore, Artistic Director Frederic Boyer, Director of Programming Genna Terranova, and Programmer Cara Cusumano.

Created in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, the Festival introduced a new award this year, the Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia. Also announced at the awards tonight were the Tribeca Online Festival feature and short film winners selected by the online audience. The winners of the Heineken Audience Awards, determined by audience votes throughout the Festival, will be announced on April 27.

In addition to cash awards and in-kind services provided by sponsors including American Express®, AKA, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, Citizens of Humanity, Company 3, Kodak, Persol, and Sony Electronics, the Festival presented the winners with original pieces of art created by acclaimed artists, including Joyce Pensato, Dustin Yellin, William Wegman among others.

Here are all your 2013 Festival winners: 

World Narrative Competition Categories

The jurors for the 2013 World Narrative Competition were Bryce Dallas-Howard, Blythe Danner, Paul Haggis, Kenneth Lonergan, and Jessica Winter.

The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature
The Rocket
Directed by Kim Mordaunt

Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by AKA, and the art award “Two Voices #1” by Angelina Nasso

Jury Comments:  “The Rocket is a spectacular achievement that is powerful and delightful in equal measures. Artfully structured and gorgeously shot, it chronicles the struggles of a displaced family while steering well clear of either sentimentality or despair. Complex in its tone and characterizations, the film takes an unflinching – and edifying – look at the suffering caused both by a legacy of war and the new status quo of economic globalization. And yet, while never losing sight of those grim realities, it also offers us a transcendent tale of hope and perseverance in a world that few Westerners ever have the chance to see.”

Special Jury Mention
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Directed by Sam Fleischner 

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film
Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo
The Rocket
Directed by Kim Mordaunt 

Winner receives $2,500

Jury Comments: “One of the great pleasures this year was the discovery of this young, non-professional actor, who plays his role with an irresistible blend of pluck, stoic determination and vulnerability. Sitthiphon Disamoe carried a big, ambitious production on his small shoulders, with charm and grace to spare.”

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film
Veerle Baetens as Elise Vandevelde
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Directed by Felix van Groeningen

Winner receives $2,500.

Jury Comments: “We’ve selected a woman who shows herself to be a totally committed and fiercely versatile actress. Veerle Baetens’ character goes from a sunny free spirit to grieving wife and mother, and no matter where we are in the course of that journey, this actress shows us the light burning inside her character, one that both sustains and destroys. She is the heart and soul of the movie, and her performance is nothing short of a tour de force.”

Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film
Cinematography by Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen
Before Snowfall
Directed by Hisham Zaman

Winner receives $5,000, sponsored by Sony Electronics; a Sony Alpha A99 Full Frame Camera and a Sony NEX-VG900 Full Frame Camcorder; and $50,000 in post-production services provided by Company 3. 

Jury Comments: “Before Snowfall packs a visual punch to match the force and ambition of its story about a teenage boy who pursues the honor killing of his own sister. Shot in four countries and capturing everything from a rural village to multiple European cities, from intimate domestic scenes to teeming street life, from a harrowing border crossing to a bleakly beautiful Nordic landscape in winter, it invites us into many vivid worlds and fulfills many possibilities for cinematography as an art form.”

Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Written by Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen
Directed by Felix van Groeningen

Winner receives $5,000

Jury Comments: “The Broken Circle Breakdown is a true original, starting with the eclectic ingredients in its dynamic screenplay: a romance of opposites, a battle between spiritual faith and secular humanism, triggered by unthinkable tragedy, a Flemish bluegrass band. With dialogue that spans the sweetly flirtatious and the operatically confrontational -- and with dollops of humor and a pure, deep love of music – the film leaps nimbly back and forth in time to conjure vivid characters who face down literal life-or-death issues. They win both our rapt interest and our greatest empathy; they make us both think and feel.”

Best New Narrative Director

The jurors for the 2013 Best New Narrative Director Competition were Naomi Foner, Tony Gilroy, Ari Graynor, Radha Mitchell, and Stu Zicherman.

Best New Narrative Director
Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais

Winner receives $25,000, presented by American Express®; $50,000 in post-production services provided by Company 3; and the art award “New Elands Bay” by Erik Parker

Jury Comments: “Whitewash is funny, strange, emotionally honest, tense, pathetic, and ultimately haunting—a broad canvas for even the most experienced director to paint. It quickly became clear that we were in the hands of a filmmaker with the intelligence, imagination and bravery to carry off this very tricky piece of material.

The ability to mix tones and the guts to stage odd, random moments and make them inevitable is one of the least-appreciated tools in a filmmaker’s skill set. The taste and attention to detail required to deliver a story this unsettled and delicate is the work of a director—and a team—that this jury hopes will continue for many movies. Their story is so credibly and invisibly constructed—and the filmmakers have such control of the material and trust in the audience— that the film reaches for metaphor without ever having had to ask for the privilege. It is a remarkable first feature, and we extend our congratulations to all involved, including two spectacular lead actors in Thomas Haden Church and Marc Labrèche.”

Special Jury Mention
Harmony Lessons
Emir Baigazin

World Documentary Competition Categories 

The jurors for the 2013 World Documentary Competition were Joe Berlinger, Sandi DuBowski, Whoopi Goldberg, Mira Sorvino, and Evan Rachel Wood.

Best Documentary Feature
The Kill Team
Directed by Dan Krauss

Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by Citizens of Humanity, and the art award “Harley Before the White Prom” by Gillian Laub. The award was given by Mira Sorvino and Gareth Baxendale from Citizens of Humanity.

Jury Comments: “The Kill Team examines the fundamental flaw in the preparation of young soldiers for war that allows them to see people as targets without humanity, a culture of killing that looks to express itself even in times of peace. It masterfully combines verite' footage, talking head interviews and a private look into one family's desperate fight in a seamless cinematic undertaking. 

As the drama unfolds we are faced with issues of both institutionalized responsibility and culpabilty within the military itself, the extreme importance of individual acts of courage, cowardice or allegiance to authority, and an expiation of guilt of one tormented soldier's decision to blow the whistle, too late.  We feel it raises questions that demand to be answered by our military and society at large, so that these ever enumerating acts of senseless violence cease.”

Special Jury Mention
Directed by Sean Dunne

Best Editing in a Documentary Feature
Let the Fire Burn
Edited by Nels Bangerter, directed by Jason Osder

Winner receives $5,000

Jury Comments: “Let the Fire Burn tells a story we were stunned to realize we didn’t know. It offers a time capsule, taking us to a horrific moment in our nation’s history with a masterfully structured edit that vividly mines a trove of blistering period archive images without voiceover narration. The film ensures that a criminal and senseless destruction that cost eleven deaths—five children, six adults—shakes us to our core and is remembered with utter visceral power.”

Best New Documentary Director Competition

The jurors for the 2013 Best New Documentary Director Competition were Jared Cohen, Taraji P. Henson, Riley Keough, Jason O’Mara, and Josh Radnor.

Best New Documentary Director
Sean Dunne

Winner receives $25,000, presented by American Express; and the art award “Untitled (#5), from the Men in the Cities Photo Portfolio” by Robert Longo, courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures. 

Jury Comments: “Sean Dunne's Oxyana is a major accomplishment, deeply sad without being sentimental, fearless, unblinking and deft in the filmmaker’s ability to coax harrowing stories from his subjects. It is not an easy film to watch. It could be read as hopeless, but by the end, something of the light of each person shone through. It presents an acute awareness of the severity of their situation mixed with an inner battle to not let this film be the final story of them or their once-proud town. We will never forget the faces of these people, their stories and their struggles.”

Special Jury Mention
Let the Fire Burn
Jason Osder

Short Film Competition Categories

The 2013 Best Narrative Short Competition jurors were Christine Baranski, Kassem Garaibeh, Jessica Hecht, Chris Milk, and Sheila Nevins.

Best Narrative Short
The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars
Directed by Edoardo Ponti

Winner receives $5,000, sponsored by Persol; 10,000 feet of film stock donated by Kodak; and the art award “Study: Northern City Renaissance, Mauve Dawn (Mass MoCA #79-R)” by Stephen Hannock.

Jury Comments: “The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars expresses love in its many dimensions and literally gets to the heart of the matter.”

Special Jury Mention
Directed by Michael Spiccia

Best Documentary and Student Short Competition

The 2013 Best Documentary and Student Short Competition jurors were Abigail Breslin, Bobby Flay, Eva Longoria, Jason Silva, John Skipper, and Danny Strong. (John Skipper recused himself from the final vote in the Documentary category.)

Best Documentary Short
Directed by Bess Kargman

Winner receives $5,000, sponsored by Persol, and the art award “Psycho” by William Wegman. 

Jury Comments: “In just 15 minutes, Coach brilliantly shows us a world in which pain and tragedy can lead to triumph and success. It takes us through a national scandal that was handled by the film’s subject with her signature passion, grace and dignity. All together, it shows us why C. Vivien Stringer is a hall of famer and one of the great college basketball coaches of all time.”

Special Jury Mention
Royal American
Directed by Michael Scalisi                  

Student Visionary Award
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
Directed by Stephen Dunn

Winner receives the art award “Platonic Haircut” by Dustin Yellin

Jury Comments: “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me is a sweet coming-of-age story that displays its writer/director’s unique voice through humor, drama and whimsy, in a way that brings true depth to his charming yet conflicted characters. Effortlessly shifting from comedy to drama, this work definitely showcases a young director with a skilled hand and a bright future ahead of him.”

Special Jury Mention
Reporting on the Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust
Directed by Emily Harrold 

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Award for Transmedia 

The 2013 BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Award for Transmedia jurors were Thomas Allen Harris, Jeff Gomez, and Frank Rose.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Award for Transmedia

Sandy Storyline
Created by Rachel Falcone, Laura Gottesdiener, and Michael Premo

Winner receives $10,000, presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, and the art award “Study For Austin Courthouse” by Clifford Ross

Jury Comments: “We were treated to five extraordinary, transmedia works, and the winner stood out for its powerful demonstration of the potential of communal storytelling. Sandy Storyline, created by Rachel Falcone, Laura Gottesdiener and Michael Premo, leverages the innovative Cowbird storytelling platform, creating a fully realized transmedia account that demonstrates both the therapeutic power of storytelling and our responsibility to bear witness. This project will be of use not only to people today but also to future generations seeking to understand a signal moment in our stewardship of the planet. Moreover, thanks to its admirably simple user interface, its elegant design both online and in physical installations and its effective yet unobtrusive curation, this project serves as a model for narratives surrounding future moments of crisis.”

Tribeca Online Festival Categories:

The 2013 Tribeca Online Festival winners were voted on by visitors to

Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film
Lil Bub & Friendz
Directed by Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner

Winner receives $10,000 and the art award “Blk. Candy Series 5”, by Curtis Kulig 

Tribeca Online Festival Best Short Film
A Short Film About Guns
Directed by Minos Papas

Winner receives $5,000. 

Screenings of all winning films will take place throughout the final day of the Festival, Sunday, April 28, at various venues and times