Gay-adoption drama with Alan Cumming and Detroit-set documentary come out on top in audience voting
"Any Day Now," a drama about gay adoption from director Travis Fine, has won the Tribeca Film Festival's Heineken Audience Award for the festival's favorite narrative feature.
In a Saturday night festival wrap party in New York, the Detroit-set documentary "Burn" was named the favorite documentary.
"Any Day Now" (left) stars Alan Cumming as an aspiring singer who, together with his closeted district attorney partner (Garret Dillahunt), tries to adopt a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva). Director Fine was previously represented at Tribeca with his 2012 film "The Space Between."
"Burn" (below) follows Detroit's new Fire Commissioner, Donald Austin, as he attempts to help rebuild the devastated city. The film was directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, and executive produced by NYFD drama series "Rescue Me" creator and star Denis Leary.
Votes were cast by TFF viewers as they exited screenings in the World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight and Cinemania sections. Those sections contained 55 narrative films and 31 docs.
The winning films, both Tribeca premieres, received cash prizes of $25,000, along with original works of art.
In jury awards announced Thursday night, "War Witch" and "Una Noche" were the big winners among narrative films, with "The World Before Her" taking the top documentary prize.
On Friday, the Tribeca Film Institute also announced the winners of its Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards, which are designed to nurture relationships between the film industry and filmmakers from underrepresented communities.
"Rhymes for Young Ghouls," by writer/director Jeff Barnaby, won the Creative Promise Award for Narrative, while Yoruba Richen's "The New Black" won the award for documentary. A number of other grants and fellowships were also announced, with cash awards in the program totaling $92,000.
The narrative jury consisted of Rosario Dawson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mekhi Phifer and Gabourey Sidibe. Serving on the documentary jury were Claire Aguilar, Julie Goldman, Eugene Hernandez, Jean Tsien and Debbie Zimmerman.
HEINEKEN AUDIENCE AWARDS
Narrative Award: "Any Day Now"
Documentary Award: "Burn"
TAA CREATIVE PROMISE AWARDS, GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
TAA Creative Promise Award for Narrative: "Rhymes for Young Ghouls," Jeff Barnaby
TAA Creative Promise Award for Documentary: "The New Black," Yoruba Richen
TAA Creative Promise Honorable Mention for Narrative: "Bypass," Liliana Greenfield-Sanders
TAA Alumni Documentary Grants: "The Path," Senain Khesghi; "Out Run," S. Leo Chiang & Johnny Symons
TAA OnTrack Grants: "God Loves Uganda," Roger Ross Williams; "I am Nojood," Kadija Al-Salami
TAA Adrienne Shelly Foundation Filmmaker Grant: "Xanadu," Rose Troche
TAA Marketing & Web Fellowship: "An American Promise," Michele Stephenson & Joe Brewster
Games for Change Fellowship for TAA Alumni: "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines," Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
TAA Packaging the Pitch Grant: "Spies of Mississippi," Dawn Porter; "Akilla's Escape," Charles Officer