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Press Release 2008 TFF Cadillac Audience Award Winner

CONTACT: Rubenstein Communications, Inc. - Public Relations

Nicole Quenqua Adler  (212) 843-9253 or
  Tribeca Enterprises

Tammie Rosen, (212) 941-2003 or


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New York, NY [May 3, 2008] – The 7th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert
De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by American Express, announced the winner of The Cadillac Award – War Child – which was voted on by the audience.


The voting process for The Cadillac Award had been taking place throughout the duration of the festival, as audiences were encouraged to fill out nomination ballots upon exiting screenings of Festival films.  Final results were tabulated and announced during the WNBC-TV program “Tribeca Presents:  Best of the Festival” on Saturday, May 3.  C. Karim Chrobog, director of War Child, will receive a cash prize of $25,000, the art award “Peripheral Drift Illusion” created by Ryan McGinness and a one-of-a-kind trophy to commemorate his achievement.


War Child is a documentary film directed by C. Karim Chrobog, and produced by Chrobog and Afshin Molavi. The film tells the story of hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a veteran of the 20-year civil war in southern Sudan. First-time filmmaker Chrobog follows Jal as he performs at a fundraiser and meets with students in Washington, DC then returns to Sudan for the first time in 18 years to reunite with his family, including the father who summoned him to war and then abandoned him. Now in his 20s, Jal is using his music to raise awareness about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan and the plight of child soldiers throughout the world.


"The entire War Child team is immensely grateful to the Tribeca Film Festival for giving us this extraordinary opportunity to show our film to the best audience in the world, New Yorkers. We have been on a long and arduous journey in making this film and moments like this make it all worthwhile," said director C. Karim Chrobog. "We hope receiving the Cadillac award will spur more people to see the movie and listen to Emmanuel Jal's extraordinary music and journey and get involved in our dream of building a school in Emmanuel's home in South Sudan."


"Our audiences fell in love with Emmanuel Jal through Karim's film," said Jane Rosenthal. "I hope this movie not only serves to entertain people but is a call to action to help the millions of children in Africa in need of food, education, and love."


“I was happy that I was able to come to the Tribeca Film Festival and share my story and inspire audiences,” said Emmanuel Jal. “This is one step closer to my dream of building my school in South Sudan. Never give up, never give in.”


War Child will be screened on Sunday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at AMC Village VII.


All other 2008 Festival award winners were announced previously at an awards dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2008.  A full list of winners can be found at


Tickets for 2008 Festival:


Tickets are available now for screenings through May 4th.


Tickets for the Festival will be $15.00 for evening and weekend screenings and $8.00 for daytime weekday and late night screenings. In addition, the Festival will offer a few select screenings with panel discussions for $25.00.


Tickets can be purchased online at or by telephone, toll free, at (866) 941-FEST (3378). The 2008 Festival will continue ticket discounts for evening and weekend screenings for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Additional information and further details on the Festival can be found at


About Tribeca Film Festival:


Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. The Festival’s mission focuses on assisting filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promoting New York City as a major filmmaking center.


Since its founding, the Festival has attracted more than two million attendees from the US and abroad and has generated more than $425 million in economic activity for New York City.


About the 2008 Festival Sponsors:


As Founding Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, American Express is committed to supporting the Festival, offering benefits that enhance the festival-going experience, and bringing business and energy to Downtown Manhattan & New York City communities.


The Festival is pleased to announce the return of its Signature Sponsors: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, AMC Entertainment, Apple, Bloomberg, Brookfield Properties, Cadillac, Delta Air Lines, Empire State Development/I Love New York, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Montblanc, NBC4HD, RR Donnelley, The New York Times, Target, Telemundo 47, Vanity Fair, Verizon and Yahoo!.


The Tribeca Film Festival is also honored to welcome the following new Signature Sponsors: BMCC, IFC, iShares, LG Electronics, The New School and Snapple.


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