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Tribeca Joins the Big Leagues

By David Kempler

The training wheels have come off. In 2002, Robert De Niro Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoof founded the Tribeca Film Festival. Since then it has taken baby steps towards becoming a major player in the film festival circuit. Well, the days of waiting are over.

What once began as a festival that featured a distinct mixture of independent films ranging from pretty good to near unwatchable, has now evolved into a showcase of some of the best new talents around. In 2012, the festival took a nice step forward. This year it made an enormous jump where the good work far outshone the mediocre. Some were outstanding. Its first year the festival had reportedly 125,000 attendees. This year the number is said to have grown exponentially.

The big winners of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, as decided by the festival's juries, are:

The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature: The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt (Australia)

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film: Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo in, The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt (Australia)

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film: Veerle Baetens as Elise Vandevelde in The Broken Circle Breakdown, directed by Felix van Groeningen (Netherlands, Belgium)

Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film: Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen, for Before Snowfall, directed by Hisham Zaman (Germany, Norway)

Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, written by Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen

Best New Narrative Director: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, director of Whitewash (Canada)

Best Documentary Feature: The Kill Team directed by Dan Krauss (USA)

Best Editing in a Documentary Feature: Let the Fire Burn, edited by Nels Bangerter, directed by Jason Osder (USA)

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