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Isabelle Furman, Matthew Leone win awards at Tribeca Film Festival

Actor Robert De Niro speaks at the opening ceremony for the Tribeca Festival in New York City on June 9. Pool photo by Carlo Allegri/UPI
Actor Robert De Niro speaks at the opening ceremony for the Tribeca Festival in New York City on June 9. Pool photo by Carlo Allegri/UPI | License Photo

June 18 (UPI) -- The Tribeca Film Festival's Founders Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film went to The Novice, which was directed and written by Lauren Hadaway.

The movie's star Isabelle Furman was voted Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film on Thursday. It also picked up the prize for Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film.

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Matthew Leone from God's Waiting Room earned the honor for Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film and Hannah Marks won the award for Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film for penning Mark, Mary, and Some Other People.

Brighton 4th -- directed by Levan Koguashvili and written by Boris Frumin, Levan Koguashvili -- scored the prize for Best International Narrative Feature Film.

Its scribe Boris Frumin won for Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film and its star Levan Tediashvili was selected as Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film.

The Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film was shared by Souad co-stars Bassant Ahmed and Basmala Elghaiesh, and Roaring 20s won for Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film.

Jessica Kingdon's Ascension won for Best Documentary Feature.

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Chanel James and Taylor Garron accepted the the Nora Ephron Award for As of Yet. The prize is named for the late writer-director and recognizes "excellence in storytelling by a female writer or director embodying the spirit and boldness of the late filmmaker."

The first Tribeca Games Award was presented to Norco, created by Geography of Robots and published by Raw Fury.

"It's been a challenging time for filmmakers, storytellers, and actors, and we're so proud to honor the perseverance and dedication many of them displayed while working through the many obstacles that arose as a result of COVID-19," Cara Cusumano -- festival director and vice president of programming -- said in a statement.

"Each of these recipients truly embody the spirit of our creative community."

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