Talya Lavie’s “Zero Motivation,” a comedy about a unit of young Israeli soldiers, nabbed two prizes, including one for best narrative feature, at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival’s awards ceremony.

The movie, which had its world premiere during the fest, centers on the day-to-day life in the human resources office of a desert army base. Pic snagged the $25,000 kudo for narrative feature as well the femme-centric Nora Ephron Prize, which also comes with a $25,000 check.

Paul Schneider, who stars in Angus MacLachlan’s “Goodbye to All That,” and “Human Capital” topliner Valeria Bruni Tedeschi took home the fest’s acting trophies, each of which comes with $2,500.

The narrative screenplay kudo went to Guillaume Nicloux’s semi-mockumentary “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq,” which also received a special jury mention in the narrative feature category.

Marshall Curry’s “Point and Shoot,” about an American on the front lines of the Libyan revolution in 2011, took the fest’s award for feature doc, and directing trophies went to Josef Wladyka (“Manos Sucias”) for new narrative helmer and Alan Hicks (“Keep On Keepin’ On”) for new docu director. All three awards come with $25,000 each, and the narrative director award includes an additional $50,000 in post-production services.

Other awards handed out by Tribeca juries included cinematography, which went to Damian Garcia for “Gueros”; narrative editing, awarded to writer-director-editor Keith Miller for “Five Star”; and docu editing, snagged by writer-director-editor Sabine Lubbe Bakker for “Ne me quitte pas.”

Jonathan Minard and James George’s project “Clouds” was named the winner in the Storyscapes transmedia section, while “Vara: A Blessing” — available to be streamed online during the festival — took the online festival award, which is voted on by visitors to the festival website.

The winners of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival’s competitive categories were announced in an April 24 ceremony at Gotham’s Conrad hotel. All awards also came with an original piece of artwork.

The 2014 edition of Tribeca runs through April 27.

And the winners are:


The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature – “Zero Motivation,” written and directed by Talya Lavie (Israel).

Special Jury Mention – “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq,” directed by Guillaume Nicloux (France).

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film – Paul Schneider, “Goodbye to All That.”

Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film – Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, “Human Capital.”

Best Cinematography – Damian Garcia, “Güeros.”

Best Screenplay– Guillaume Nicloux, “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq.”

Best Narrative Editing – Keith Miller, “Five Star.”



Best Documentary Feature – “Point and Shoot,” directed by Marshall Curry(USA).

Special Jury Mention – “Regarding Susan Sontag,” directed by Nancy Kates (USA).

Best Documentary Editing – Sabine Lubbe, “Ne Me Quitte Pas.”



Best New Narrative Director – “Manos Sucias,” Josef Wladyka.

Special Jury Mention – Alonso Ruizpalacios, “Güeros.”



Best New Documentary Director – Alan Hicks, “Keep On Keepin’ On.”



Best Narrative Short – “The Phone Call,” directed by Mat Kirkby (UK).

Best Documentary Short – “One Year Lease,” directed by Brian Bolster (USA).

Special Jury Mention – “The Next Part,” directed by Erin Sanger (USA).

Student Visionary Award – “Nesma’s Bird,” directed by Najwan Ali and Medoo Ali (Iraq).

Special Jury Mention – “Cycloid,” directed by Tomoki Kurogi (Japan).

Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia: “Clouds,” created by Jonathan Minard and James George (USA).

The Nora Ephron Prize – “Zero Motivation,” written and directed by Talya Lavie (Israel).

Special Jury Mention – “I Won’t Come Back,” directed by Ilmar Raag (Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Kazhakstan, Russia).


Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film – “Vara: A Blessing,” directed by Khyentse Norbu (Bhutan).

Tribeca Online Festival Best Short Film –”Love in the Time of March Madness,” directed by Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambramo (USA).