Media For Lunch: Tribeca Film Festival Winners of the Short Film Competition

I love film, theater, television, and storytelling in almost any form. But recently I have developed a deep; heartfelt love for short films. The short form appears to be at the forefront with ingenious and state of the art storytelling. Short films are where many new directors make their mark, experimenting with new techniques and trying out ideas. For example, the popularity of Fede Álvarez’s short film Ataque de Pánico! (Panic Attack!) brought Álvarez his first feature, the remake of The Evil Dead titled, Evil Dead. I hope you will enjoy some the winners from the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, who knows where we’ll be seeing their names attached to next. Be sure to click on the title of the film to view the trailer and learn more about it. 
–MD



Best Narrative Short
The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars
Directed by Edoardo Ponti

Photo: Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

On the eve of their respective open-heart surgeries, Matteo and Sonia forge a friendship through a mutual passion for mountaineering and a promise to climb together in the Dolomites, in Trentino, Italy. Will their hearts survive the challenge? Though Sonia’s husband Mark worries about his wife and feels threatened by Matteo, the two aim for the summit, opening the route to a new beginning and a second chance at life.

Special Jury Mention
Yardbird
Directed by Michael Spiccia

Photo: Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

A young girl who lives in a remote wrecking yard is forced to confront the town bullies when they travel out to torment her father. 

Best Documentary Short
Coach
Directed by Bess Kargman

Photo: Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival
One of college basketball’s most prolific coaches, hall-of-famer C. Vivian Stringer became more well known to the non-sports world when the words “nappy headed hoes” were used to describe the young women she was then leading to the 2007 national championship game. A mother whose career has long been mixed with personal tragedy, Stringer’s handling of the incident is a perfect example of grace under fire. 

Special Jury Mention
Royal American
Directed by Michael Scalisi    

Photo: Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival
A discarded Royal Typewriter from the 1930s is picked up from a trash heap and taken to a repair shop in the Flatiron Building. The subsequent letters written and the responses received, including one from President Clinton, makes this a magical typewriter, one that wistfully questions obsolescence. 

Student Visionary Award
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
Directed by Stephen Dunn

Photo: Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, Esther Weary must come to terms with the realities of becoming a woman through her clueless grandfather and his pet pug. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me is a coming-of-age comedy about a young woman’s exploration of ugliness and beauty. 

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Award for Transmedia
Sandy Storyline
Created by Rachel Falcone, Laura Gottesdiener, and Michael Premo

Photo: Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival
Hurricane Sandy was a devastating event that affected millions across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Caribbean. Sandy Storyline allows those individuals and communities to share their accounts of the storm and its aftermath, with photographs and audio beautifully intertwined through the ingenious Cowbird storytelling platform. 

Sandy Storyline is a truly collaborative project, building a community-generated narrative of the storm that seeks to inspire a safe and more sustainable future. This unique approach to documentary storytelling and civic dialogue is both timely and very personal for a New York audience. It creates a living archive that shows the potential for sharing stories on a very human scale. Contribute your own Sandy stories in the Storyscapes space. 

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