“The Rocket” and “The Kill Team” Take Top Tribeca Prizes


A scene from Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket

Australian director Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket won Best Narrative Feature on Thursday night, while U.S. filmmaker Dan Krauss' The Kill Team took Best Documentary Feature at the 12th Tribeca Film Festival. The world competition winners for narrative and documentary films were chosen from 12 narrative and 12 documentary features from 14 countries. Canadian Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais took Best New Narrative Director, while Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen received Best Screenplay for The Broken Circle Breakdown.

In other prizes, Best Actor went to Sitthiphon Disamoe who stars in The Rocket, while Veerle Baetens won Best Actress for her role in The Broken Circle Breakdown.

"It is a pleasure to share a diverse range films with our audiences at Tribeca and to introduce new storytellers from every corner of the globe," said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. "We are grateful to the incredible group of talented filmmakers who shared their work with us and with the New York and film communities."

The Tribeca Film Festival closed out on Sunday, April 28. The 2013 TFF winners follow with information provided by the festival.

World Narrative Competition Categories

Best Narrative Feature: The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt (Australia). Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by AKA, and the art award “Two Voices #1” by Angelina Nasso. The award was given by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal.

- Special Jury Mention: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, directed by Sam Fleischner

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film: Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo in The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt (Australia). Winner receives $2,500.

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film: Veerle Baetens as Elise Vandevelde in The Broken Circle Breakdown, directed by Felix van Groeningen (Netherlands, Belgium). Winner receives $2,500.

Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film: Cinematography by Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen, for Before Snowfall, directed by Hisham Zaman (Germany, Norway). Winner receives $5,000, sponsored by Sony Electronics.

Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, written by Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen and directed by Felix van Groeningen (Netherlands, Belgium). Winner receives $5,000.

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

World Documentary Competition Categories:

Best Documentary Feature: The Kill Team, directed by Dan Krauss (USA). Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by Citizens of Humanity, and the art award “Harley Before the White Prom” by Gillian Laub.

- Special Jury Mention: Oxyana, directed by Sean Dunne (USA).
- Best Editing in a Documentary Feature: Let the Fire Burn, edited by Nels Bangerter, directed by Jason Osder (USA). Winner receives $5,000.

Best New Documentary Director Competition:

Best New Documentary Director: Sean Dunne for Oxyana (USA). 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.

- Special Jury Mention: Let the Fire Burn, directed by Jason Osder

Shorts Competition:

Best Narrative Short: The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars, directed by Edoardo Ponti (Italy). 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.

- Special Jury Mention: Yardbird, directed by Michael Spiccia (Australia).

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