Tribeca 2017 Audience Award Winners – ‘The Divine Order’ and ‘Hondros’

Winner of Doc and Narrative audience Award

Hondros film still. Photo by Chris Hondros. Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival 2017
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The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T announced the Audience Award Winners in New York on April 29, 2017. The two Audience Awards which were sponsored by AT&T were ‘The Divine Order’ directed and written by Petra Volpe received the Narrative award and ‘Hondros,’ directed by Greg Campbell and written by  Greg Campbell and Jenny Golden. The winners both received $10,000 and a piece of artwork. The winners were announced at the 45th-anniversary celebration of The Godfather at Radio City Music Hall, which closed out the Festival’s 16th edition.

The Divine Order’ was screened in the International Narrative Competition section of the festival. The director and writer Petra Volpe also won this year’s Nora Ephron prize at Tribeca Film Festival. The film is about Political leaders in Switzerland who cited a ‘Divine Order’ as the reason why women still did not have the right to vote as late as 1970. Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a quiet housewife from a quaint village searching for the fierce suffragette leader inside her. The movie stars Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky. The file is in Swiss-German with subtitles.

Marie Leuenberger as Nora in THE DIVINE ORDER. Photographer: Daniel Ammann. Courtesy of Tribeca 2017

Hondros’, screened in the Spotlight Documentary section and was directed by Greg Campbell and written by Greg Campbell and Jenny Golden. Beginning with the war in Kosovo in 1999, award-winning photographer Chris Hondros served as a witness of the conflict for over a decade before being killed in Libya in 2011. In ’Hondros,’ director and childhood friend Greg Campbell creates a portrait of a man with not only great depth and sensitivity, but a passion for his craft, and an unending talent for creating breathtaking imagery. The film was executive produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and is in Arabic and English with subtitles.

Hondros film still. Photo by Chris Hondros. Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival 2017

During the  Festival the audience members voted by using the official Tribeca Film Festival app on their mobile devices and rated the film  on a scale of 1-5 stars in the following categories:  Films in the U.S. Narrative Competition, International Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight, Specials, and Midnight Selections were eligible.

About the Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival is a cultural event for the new age of storytelling that brings together visionaries across industries and diverse audiences. It celebrates the power of storytelling in a variety of forms – from film to TV, VR to online work, and music to gaming. As a platform for creative expression, independent filmmaking, and immersive entertainment, Tribeca champions emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators, curates innovative experiences and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.

The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. With strong roots in independent film, the annual event has evolved into a destination for creativity, reimagines the cinematic experience, and explores how art can unite communities.

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