The 17th Tribeca Film Festival has revealed two of its Audience Awards, tapping the Shawn Snyder-written and directed To Dust for its Narrative award, and the Dyana Winkler/Tina Brown directed United Skates for the Documentary award. Each award carries a cash prize of $10,000.
Throughout the festival, which started on April 18, audience members voted by using the official Tribeca Film Festival app on their mobile devices and rated the film they had just viewed from 1-5 stars. Films in the US Narrative Competition, International Narrative Competition, Documentary Competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight, Special Screenings, and Midnight sections were eligible.
“Great stories bring people together from all walks of life where the unexpected is discovered and new voices are introduced,” said Paula Weinstein, EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. “This year’s Audience Award winners are a testament to that. From a Hasidic Jewish community in To Dust to the off-the-radar African-American roller-rink community in United Skates, we applaud these filmmakers for telling these incredible stories and bringing new perspectives to our Festival audiences.”
Snyder claimed he was “ecstatic and bowled over by this news. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival has been a dream and a homecoming, as Tribeca Film Institute was one of the earliest supporters of this strangely personal and oddly specific film. It was made entirely out of love and miracles, by incredible collaborators who believed in it from the start. I share this honor and the excitement with each and every one of them.”
A statement from Winkler and Brown said they were honored to premiere at Tribeca, “and now to win the audience award!? Every one of those votes is like a vote for keeping this skate world alive and its rinks open. There is no greater feeling than knowing that audiences are falling in love with this community, the same way we have.”
The runner-ups were Mapplethorpe, directed by Ondi Timoner, for the Narrative audience award, and Momentum Generation, directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist, for the Documentary audience award.
Audience Award winners and runners-up will screen Sunday, April 29 at Cinépolis Chelsea. along with the winners selected by the Tribeca Film Festival Jury, which were announced on April 26.