CHEF and KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON Pick Up 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Awards
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, announced the winners of the two Heineken Audience Awards tonight at the wrap party in New York City. Two awards - one for narrative and one for documentary - were given to the audience choices for the best films. Chef, written and directed by Jon Favreau, was chosen to receive the Narrative award. Keep On Keepin' On, directed by Alan Hicks, was chosen for the Documentary award; Alan Hicks also was honored at the Festival awards on Thursday with the award for Best New Documentary Director. Each award comes with a cash prize of $25,000. Additionally as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program sponsored by CHANEL, Jon Favreau for Chef receives Untitled courtesy of James Nares and Alan Hick's for Keep On Keepin' On receives Iguaca courtesy of Alexis Rockman. The award for Chef was accepted by actor Bobby Cannavale and Keep On Keepin' On by the director's father Geoff Hicks.
Throughout the Festival, which kicked off on April 16, audiences have been able to vote for the Heineken Audience Awards by completing nomination ballots upon exiting screenings of TFF films. Films in the World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Viewpoints, Midnight, and Spotlight sections were eligible.
"These films happen to share the common theme of following one's dreams, the challenging journey to achieve them, and how it cannot be done without true friendship, family and support," said Genna Terranova, Director of Programming, Tribeca Film Festival. "We are pleased that both films captured the hearts of the NY audiences as they had our own."
Upon hearing the news Alan Hicks commented, "Mate, that's unbelievable. I was just honored to get into the Festival in the first place. Never would have imagined coming away with the audience award and the Best New Director award. I'm just stoked! I don't have any other words in my vocab, I'm just stoked! It was a dream of mine to premiere at Tribeca and that in itself was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. This warm response to the film is such an honor and I'm so happy to get Clark's story out to the world the way that we have. Clark will be so happy."