‘The Rocket,’ ‘Bridegroom’ Win Over Tribeca Audiences

The Rocket

Recipients of the festival's audience awards announced at the 2013 fest's wrap part

“The Rocket,” the narrative feature that picked up two juried awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, also scored the fest’s audience kudo alongside the documentary “Bridegroom” from TV vet Linda Bloodworth Thomason on Saturday.

Kim Mordaunt’s “Rocket,” an Australian pic about a 10-year-old boy and his displaced family in Laos, took home the juried Founder’s Award on Thursday as well as a thesping trophy for young actor Sitthiphon Disamoe. The audience award adds another layer of fest buzz to the title, which also won three prizes at Berlin.

Thomason’s “Bridegroom,” meanwhile, nabbed the audience doc prize for its look at marriage inequality through the story of a young same-sex couple and the hardships faced by one man when his lover dies in an accident.

Filmmakers of the selected pics each get a cash prize of $25,000 and a special screening today. Festgoers  voted for the awards through ballots handed out at the end of screenings across five Tribeca sections: World Narrative, World Docu, Viewpoints, Spotlight and Midnight.

The 12th Tribeca, which kicked off April 17, wrapped today.

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