Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin’s Scheme Birds took home the Best Documentary Feature award last night (May 2) at the 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival.
The Scottish/Swedish film took home a US$20,000 prize and the art award “Oil Lotus Woman” by Shepard Fairey.
Meanwhile, the Best Cinematography in a Documentary Film award went to Yang Sun and Shuang Liang for Our Time Machine (China), directed by Sun and S. Leo Chiang, which came with a US$2,500 cash prize. The Best Editing in a Documentary Film award went to Jennifer Tiexiera for 17 Blocks (USA), directed by Davy Rothbart, which also came with a US$2,500 prize.
Elsewhere, the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award also went to Scheme Birds, which received an additional US$10,000 sponsored by CNN Films. The award jury was made up of David Cross, Orlando von Einsiedel and Kathrine Narducci.
Finally, Learning To Skateboard In a Warzone (If You’re A Girl) (UK), directed by Carol Dysinger, took home the Best Documentary Short award and a US$5,000 cash prize. The short film category jury was made up of Maureen Dowd, Topher Grace, Rosalind Lichter, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, Phoebe Robinson and Jeff Scher.
The awards were handed out across genres to a selection from among the 113 feature-length films, 63 short films, and 33 immersive storytelling projects representing 44 countries at the fest.
The awards ceremony was held at the Stella Artois Theatre at BMCC TPAC in New York on May 2.