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Jon Favreau donates winnings at The Tribeca Film Festival to charity

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Writer and director Jon Favreau announced that he will donate his $25,000 winnings of The Heineken Audience Awards at The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City to The Tribeca Film Festival for The Narrative Award to City Harvest, a New York-based food rescue organization.

Last night the winners of The Tribeca Film Festival Heineken Audience Awards were announced at the wrap of the highly popular New York City Tribeca Film Festival, with John Favreau winning The Narrative Award for “Chef” and Alan Hicks winning Best New Documentary Director for “Keep on Keepin,” added www.thewrap.com in its coverage online (April 27).

“Chef” was directed by and stars Jon Favreau and features a cast that also includes John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Amy Sedaris, which deals with a chef (Favreau) who has a social-media meltdown against a food critic, and must try to restart his food preparation career with a food truck.

“The awards also bring an additional gift of art. Favreau received a piece, “Untitled,” by James Nares, while Hicks received “Iguaca” by Alexis Rockman,” added the web site.

Who picks the winners?

Audience members at Tribeca voted for the Heineken Audience Awards at the conclusion of screenings in the World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Viewpoints, Midnight, and Spotlight sections were eligible, adds The Wrap. “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.”

Other jury winners include Talya Lavie's “Zero Motivation,” which won the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature; Paul Schneider, honored as Best Actor in a Narrative Feature for “Goodbye to All That”; Valeria Bruni Tedesci, Best Actress in a Narrative Feature for “Human Capital”; Damian Garcia, Best Cinematography for “Gueros”; Guillaume Nicloux, Best Screenplay for “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq; Keith Miller, Best Narrative Editing for “Five Star,” added The Tribeca Film Festival.

Documentary awards went to “Point and Shoot,” Best Documentary Feature, and “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” Best Documentary Editing. Josef Wladyka won the award for Best New Narrative Director for “Manos Sucias.” Short film winners included “The Phone Call,” “One Year Lease” and “Nesma's Bird.” The Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia went to “Clouds,” while the Nora Ephron Prize went to “Zero Motivation.”

Tribeca Online Festival winners were “Vara: A Blessing” and “Love in the Time of March Madness.”
Added http://www.indiewire.com. “Throughout the Festival, which kicked off on April 16, audiences have had the chance to vote for the Heineken Audience Awards. 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."

Added Hollywood Reporter: "Chef" will be released May 9 by Open Road Films, while Radius TWC acquired worldwide rights to "Keepin' On." "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,” added Ms. Terranova.

Staten Island fans of Indie films don’t miss “Chef” by Jon Favreau, when it opens on May 9 and is distributed by Open Road Films. This is one food flick that you might want to accompany with dinner out at your favorite restaurant. A toast to Jon Favreau, a writer and director with a heart.

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