Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2022 Winners


The Tribeca Film Festival wrapped up its competition Thursday by announcing awards for “Good Girl Jane,” “January (Janvaris)” and “The Cave of Adullam,” among other films.

Sarah Elizabeth Mintz’s “Good Girl Jane,” about a lonely, bullied high school girl lured onto the party scene by a charming bad boy, won the Founders Award for Best American Narrative Feature. Its star, Rain Spencer (“The Summer I Got Pretty) also won Best Performance in an American Narrative Film.

The top international narrative feature award went to Latvian coming-of-age drama “Janvier (Janvaris),” written and directed by Viesturs Kairiss. The film follows an aspiring filmmaker trying to figure out who he is amid Latvia’s struggle for independence.

Best Documentary Feature went to “The Cave of Adullam,” Laura Checkoway’s portrayal of sensei Jason Wilson, who teaches martial arts to a group of troubled young college students in Detroit.

Another notable winner is Mexican Michelle Garza Cervera, who won Best New Narrative Director as well as the Nora Ephron Award for “Huesera,” about an expectant mother spiritually and emotionally haunted by her pregnancy.

The festival’s first-ever Human/Nature award went to HBO’s Hurricane Katrina documentary “Katrina Babies.” Director Edward Buckles Jr. received the Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary.

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The winners of the first three prizes each received $20,000. Audience award winners will be announced next week.

Now in its 21st year, the Tribeca Film Festival is happening in person and virtually this year through its “Tribeca At Home” screenings (you can purchase tickets here.) The New York festival started on June 8 and ends on June 19.

Read the full list of contest winners below.

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The Founders Award for Best American Narrative Feature: Good girl Jane (United States)
Real. Sarah Elisabeth Mintz

Best Screenplay: Everything is fine (United States)
Real. Ben Snyder

Best Cinematography: Next exit (United States)
Real. Mali Elfman

Best Performance: Rain Spencer in Good girl Jane (United States)

Special Jury Mention for Best Performance: Liz Carbel Sierra in God’s time (United States)


Best International Narrative Feature: January (Janvaris) (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland)
Real. Viesturs Kairiss

Best Screenplay: Martín Boulocq, Rodrigo Hasbún for The visitor (Bolivia, Uruguay)

Best Cinematography: Jan Mayntz for We might as well be dead (Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein) (Germany, Romania)

Best performance: Dorota Pomykala for woman on a roof (Poland, France, Sweden)


Best Documentary Feature: Adullam Cave (United States)
Real. Laura Checkoway

Best Cinematography: Boris Levy for The wild (France)

Best Editing: Christopher McGlynn for Adullam Cave (United States)

The Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director: Edward Buckles Jr. for Katrina Babies (United States)

Best New Narrative Director: Michelle Garza Cervera for Huesera (Mexico)

Special Jury Mention for Best New Narrative Director: pink moon (Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia)
Real. Van der Meulen floor

Nora Ephron Award: Michelle Garza Cervera for Huesera (Mexico)


Best Narrative Short: Night walk (Nattrikken) (Norway)
Real. Eirik Tveiten

Best documentary short: Heart Valley (UK, Wales)
Real. Christian Cargil

Special mention of the jury for the best documentary short film: stranger at the door (United States)
Real. Joshua Seftel

Best Animated Short Film: More than I remember (United States)
Real. Amy Bench

Visionary student: dreamers (Belgium)
Real. Ante Pask


Best Audio Narrative in Non-Fiction: Motherland Radicals
Directed by Zayd Ayers Dohrn

Special Jury Mention Best Audio Narrative in Non-Fiction: I was never there
Created by Jamie and Karen Zelermeyer

Best Audio Narrative in Fiction: The hollowed out
Created by Brit and Nick Kewin


Storyscapes Awards: Kubo roams the city (France, South Korea)
Real. Hayoun Kwon

Special Mention of the jury for the Storyscapes Prize: EVOLUTION (UK, France, USA)
Created by Marshmallow Laser Feast, Jonny Greenwood, Meredith Monk, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Howard Skempton

New Voices Award: LGBTQ+ VR Museum (UK, Denmark)
Created by Antonia Forster and Thomas Terkildsen


Tribeca Games Prices: Thirsty suitors (United States)
Created by Outerloop Games

Special Jury Mention for the Tribeca Games Award: Oxenfree II: Lost Signals (United States)
Created by Night School Studios


HUMAN/NATURE Award: Katrina Babies (United States)
Real. Edward Boucles Jr.


Best Feature: The Beauty of Darkness
Real. Kianna Moore and Tiffany Johnson

Best short film: The return.
Real. Zhang Meng

Best episode: Stories of helpful people
Real. Sindha Agha, Erin Brethauer and Tim Hussin

Best Immersion: Emerging Radiance: A Tribute to the Nikkei Farmers of Bellevue
Real. Tani Ikeda

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