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Kim Nguyen’s Rebelle (War Witch) wins top award at the Tribeca Film Festival (ADDED: Jeff Barnaby‘s Rhymes for Young Ghouls wins Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award)

Kim Nguyen’s Rebelle (War Witch) wins top award at the Tribeca Film Festival (ADDED: Jeff Barnaby</strong>‘s Rhymes for Young Ghouls wins Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award)

During tonight’s Tribeca Film Festival awards ceremony, which was held at the at the Conrad New York in New York, Kim Nguyen‘s Rebelle (War Witch) received the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, which comes along with a $25,000 prize.

“This indelible character study of a girl who becomes a woman before our eyes in the midst of harrowing war gives words to the unspeakable. Riveting, heartbreaking, vivid, and eloquent, the movie balances scenes of crazy enemy hatred with moments of luminous private love,” commented the jury.

Also, the film’s star, Rachel Mwanza, won the Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film award, along with $2,500.

Jury Comments: “A nonprofessional actress, this remarkable young woman—barely a teenager when the movie was shot—so fully inhabits her role that there are no borders to her stunning performance, no distance at all between the actress and the unforgettable character Komona.”

The full list of winners is available on the TribecaFilm website.

(ADDED 04/27/12):

We just received this from Prospector Films:

“One of our Prospector Films projects just won the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award! Jeff Barnaby‘s Rhymes for Young Ghouls beat out 700 scripts from across North and South America to win a 10K prize. His is the first Canadian script to ever do so, and Jeff is certainly the first Native American filmmaker to do so.

Robert De Niro introduced the awards ceremony and Prospector Films’ producers, John Christou and Aisling Chin-Yee, were presented the award by Gabourey Sidibe (Precious). It was quite the thrill, according to the two of them!

The jury that chose the winner was comprised of Cuba Gooding Jr., Rosario Dawson, and Gabourey Sidibe, amongst others.

RFYG is being co-produced by the Canadian Film Centre’s CFC Features program.”

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