Tribeca Film Fest 2007: Juries and Awards

April 24 2007–The 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, today announced its jurors for each competitive category, as well as the jurors for the Tribeca All Access Program (TAA), and the awards that will be given out. The juries are made-up of a diverse and talented group of individuals who range from remarkable filmmakers to established actors as well as respected journalists. Each jury will announce this years winners at the Awards Night Ceremony on Thursday, May 3rd.

The main jury for the World Narrative Competition category is Chris Cooper, Edie Falco, Goran Paskaljevic, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Barry Sonnenfeld. Heidi Ewing, Whoopi Goldberg, Jehane Noujaim, Raoul Peck and Gideon Yago will serve on the World Documentary Competition. There are four additional jury groups for Tribeca Film Festival awards and the three for the TAA program, detailed below.

We are delighted to welcome such an exceptional and eclectic group of individuals with such diverse backgrounds to take part in this years jury for our competitive categories as well as our TAA program, said Jane Rosenthal, co-Founder of the Festival.

World Competitions:

The jurors for the 2007 World Narrative Competition, Chris Cooper, Edie Falco, Goran Paskaljevic, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Barry Sonnenfeld, will hand out awards in the following categories:

Founders Award For Best Narrative Feature – $50,000
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Best New Narrative Filmmaker – $25,000
Sponsored by American Express

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature – Delta Air Lines vouchers
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Best Actress in a Narrative Feature – Delta Air Lines vouchers
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Best Screenplay – $15,000
Sponsored by Axium Entertainment

The jurors for the 2007 World Documentary Competition, Heidi Ewing, Whoopi Goldberg, Jehane Noujaim, Raoul Peck and Gideon Yago, will hand out awards in the following categories:

Best Documentary Feature – $25,000

Sponsored by Axium Entertainment

Best New Documentary Filmmaker (for first and second-time feature directors) – $25,000

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The additional juries will pay homage to films throughout the program that capture New Yorks love affair with film, and preside over the short film competition.

New York Competitions:

The 2007 Made in NY Narrative Feature Award jurors are Minnie Driver, Dave Fear, Alex Gibney, Leah Rozen, Oren Rudavsky and Mercedes Ruehl. The Made in NY award is $5,000.
Sponsored by The City of New York Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.

The 2007 NY Loves Film Documentary Feature Award jurors are Eric Bogosian, Marshall Fine, Susan Lyne, Patrick McCarthy, Sheila Nevins, Gene Seymour and Ivanka Trump. The NY Loves Film award is $5,000.

Sponsored by New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture and Television Development.
The Cadillac Award will be selected by audience ballots – $25,000

Short Film Competitions

The 2007 Narrative Short jurors are Elizabeth Banks, Lee Daniels, Thelma Golden, Quincy Jones, Dany Levy, John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina and Todd Wagner. The jurors in this section will hand out the following award:

Best Narrative Short – $5000

The 2007 Documentary and Student Short jurors are Frank Deford, Barbara Gladstone, Mario dUrso, Ted Leonsis, Dan Lohaus, Emmy Rossum and Helen Zell. The jurors in this section will hand out awards in the following categories:

Best Documentary Short – $5,000

Student Visionary Award – Apple Mac Pro desktop with a 23″ display and Final Cut Studio 2

Tribeca All Access
Tribeca All Access is made possible by Bloomberg

Tribeca All Access (TAA), a program designed to help filmmakers and screenwriters from underrepresented communities, will present its awards on Saturday, April 28th. This years jury for TAA includes participants from last years program, Milton Liu and Shola Lynch. The jury of industry professionals for the TAA awards, review script excerpts and work samples prior to the Festival.

The 2007 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award Narrative jurors are Elizabeth Avellan, Susie Castillo, Ashwin Navin, Freddy Rodriguez, Andre Leon Talley, and Kerry Washington. The Narrative Creative Promise award is $10,000. The jurors in this category will also hand out the LOreal Paris Women of Worth Vision Award with a cash prize of $15,000.

The 2007 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award Documentary jurors are DJ Spooky (Paul Miller), Shola Lynch and Rachel Roy. The Documentary Creative Promise award is $10,000

The 2007 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award Screenwriting Jurors are, Heavy D, Tracey Edmonds and Milton Liu. The Documentary Creative Promise award is $5,000.