Founded in 2002 in response to the 9/11 attack on lower Manhattan, the TriBeCa film festival has quickly developed a reputation for premiering some of the most creative and groundbreaking film pieces of the past decade, as well as up and coming talent both on and off the silver screen. At this year's festival, several films centered on a variety of Black experiences received awards. Last night at Tribeca All Access, filmmaker Yoruba Richen won the Creative Promise Award for her stand-out documentary "The New Black," a bold exploration of the African-American and LGBT civil rights movement histories. The award was determined by a judge of esteemed film professionals and included a cash prize of $10,000.
Other films that won big include "War Witch," a feature film based in a nameless African country during war time that picked up The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature. Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film was also awarded to the film's star Rachel Mwanza. The Kenya-set "Wavumba" snagged the Best New Documentary Director award, "Asad" received an award for the Best Narrative Short, "Stones in the Sun" was honored with a Special Jury Mention, and festival favorite "Una Noche" received a host of awards for acting, cinematography and directing.