'Lil Bub & Friendz' Is Cat's Meow At Tribeca Film Festival Awards

Lil Bub Tribeca Film Festival

Unless you count the viral video cat named Lil Bub, the winners of the Tribeca Film Festival's annual awards ceremony are not a glitzy lot, despite the event's reputation as a celebrity-studded affair.  

Lil Bub & Friendz, Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner's documentary about the walleyed cat with the perpetually protruding tongue and other famous Internet felines won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film, which was chosen by presumably human visitors to the festival's website.

Other winners announced at the awards ceremony at the Conrad New York Hotel on Thursday, included Dan Krauss' The Kill Team. The documentary about a rogue group of U.S. soldiers charged with murdering Afghan civilians, took the festival's Best Documentary Feature award.

Here's a complete list of winners:

The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature: The Rocket; director: Kim Mordaunt (Australia)

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film: Sitthiphon Disamoe in The Rocket (Australia)

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film: Veerle Baetens as Elise Vandevelde in The Broken Circle Breakdowndirector, Felix van Groeningen (Netherlands, Belgium)

Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film: Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen, for Before Snowfall; director: Hisham Zaman (Germany, Norway)

Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, written by Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen

Best New Narrative Director: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, for Whitewash (Canada)

Best Documentary Feature: The Kill Team;  director: Dan Krauss (USA)

Best Editing in a Documentary Feature: Let the Fire Burn, edited by Nels Bangerter;  director: Jason Osder (USA)

Best New Documentary Director: Sean Dunne, for Oxyana (USA)

Best Narrative Short: The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars; direct0r: Edoardo Ponti (Italy)

Best Documentary Short: Coach; director: Bess Kargman (USA)

Student Visionary Award: Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, director: Stephen Dunn (Canada)

Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia: Sandy Storyline, created by Rachel Falcone, Laura Gottesdiener, and Michael Premo (USA)

Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film: Lil Bub & Friendz (chosen by visitors to the festival’s official website); directors: Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner (USA)

Tribeca Online Festival Best Short Film (chosen by visitors to the festival’s official website)A Short Film About Guns; director: Minos Papas (USA, UK)

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