The Tribeca Film Festival’s (TFF) audiences picked Bridegroom, a personal story set around a battle for marriage equality, as its documentary favorite.
Directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, the doc picked up a cash prize of US$25,000 along with the title of being a Heineken Audience Award winner.
Bridegroom tells the story of Shane and Tom, who were in a committed relationship before the accidental death of Tom. Shane is left fighting to be recognized as his partner’s legitimate counterpart.
“We are shocked. We were so grateful to just be selected for the festival; we never imagined we would win the audience award,” said Bloodworth Thomason. “Hopefully the power of this story will propel the film into theaters across America and beyond.”
Films in the world narrative competition, world documentary competition, viewpoints, spotlight and midnight sections were all eligible for the audience awards. The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt, won in the narrative category.
Bridegroom joins Kill Team and Oxyana as Tribeca Film Festival winners.
“Our audiences have chosen two films that testify to the power of the human spirit and hope for change,” said Genna Terranova, TFF director of programming. “Whether it’s the fight for marriage equality in the U.S. or a boy struggling against all odds in war-torn Laos, audiences were clearly moved by these two inspiring stories.”