The 2016 Tribeca Film Fest Recap

Actors and their stories fared well at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Demetri Martin’s “Dean” took home the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, receiving $20,000. The stand-up comedian wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy about one man’s uncertain future following a recent break-up and the sale of his childhood home.

Mackenzie Davis (“Always Shine”) received the Actress prize in a U.S. Narrative Feature for her turn in a thriller about two female actors in different places in their careers and the jealous rage that it sparks. Director Sophia Takal was one female director of the 40 percent that made up this year’s directorial slate.

Meanwhile, Michael Ragen (“Kicks”) won a prize for cinematography, and “F to 7th” Web series creator Ingrid Jungermann’s “Women Who Kill” earned kudos for her screenplay about two women who create a female serial killer podcast and become paranoid after they meet a mysterious woman (Sheila Vand).

Dominic Rains won best actor in a U.S. narrative for his role in “The Fixer,” “Hold On,” about a female cellist, won best narrative short, and Rod Blackhurst’s sci-fi drama “Here Alone” won this year’s narrative Audience Award and a $10,000 cash prize.

The Blackhurst thriller centers on Ann (Lucy Walters) who’s living on her own in a forest after a virus destroys most of human civilization. When she crosses paths with two more survivors (Adam David Thompson and Gina Piersanti), she struggles to relate to them as they form a new community.

This weekend’s Audience Awards were presented after last week’s announcement of the fest’s Juried Award winners.

“It’s great to see audiences finding and supporting a true discovery film like ‘Here Alone’ and the powerful and affecting documentary ‘The Return’ [about prisoners assimilating to life after incarceration],” TFF director Genna Terranova said in a statement. “While very different films, both highlight the resilience of the human spirit.”

Priscilla Anany’s “Children of the Mountain” and Lloyd Kramer’s “Midsummer in Newtown” earned runner-up mentions in their respective narrative and documentary categories.

“Children of the Mountain” showcases one Ghanan woman’s plight as she deals with the stigma of her child’s multiple disabilities, and being abandoned by her husband and community. Anany won Best New Narrative Director earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, “Midsummer in Newtown” details a theater production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for children in Newtown, Connecticut, following the Sandy Hook tragedy.

“Junction 48” won best international narrative feature, while Alan Sabbagh (“The Tenth Man”) and Radhika Apte (“Clean Shaven”) received the honors for best actor and actress in an International Narrative Feature Film, respectively.

Jurors for the U.S. Narrative Competition included Anne Carey, James Le Gros, Chris Nashawaty, Mya Taylor, and Jennifer Westfeldt. Hany Abu-Assad, Jean Reno, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and Danny Glover comprised the jury for the International Narrative Competition.

“We are proud to celebrate the winning filmmakers, artists, and creators from our fifteenth edition,” TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement. “Their stories have entertained, inspired, and challenged us to think about the world and we are grateful to them for sharing their work with us.”

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival screened 102 features, 74 short films, and 38 storytelling projects from 42 countries.

Visit tribecafilm.com for a complete list of this year’s winners.

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