Tribeca ’16: “The Return” wins doc audience award

The Return (pictured), from Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway, has won the Tribeca Film Festival's Audience Award for documentary.
April 25, 2016

The Return (pictured) from Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway has won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award for documentary.

The film – which had its world premiere in the New York-set festival’s World Documentary program – follows the struggles of two newly released prisoners, who were previously serving life sentences, as they work to restore their relationships, secure employment and manage their mental health issues. The award came with a US$10,000 cash award.

The documentary runner-up, meanwhile, was Lloyd Kramer’s Midsummer in Newtown, which centers on a theater production in Newtown, Connecticut – site of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting – that cast local children in a rock-pop version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The doc played in the Spotlight section, and also bowed at Tribeca.

The festival last week presented its juried award winners, with Craig Atkinson’s Do Not Resist and David Feige’s Untouchable taking top doc prizes, along with Dan Krauss‘ Netflix doc short Extremis and Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s 3D VR experience Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness.

Tribeca ran from April 13 to 24.

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