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The Best of the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival

Folks, the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival is now in the books! The past handful of years, Tribeca was a very different fest than normal, though the prior two years (as well as, to an extent, this year) it was a hybrid type of situation, mixing in person and virtual events. Give or take some small issues, I do think that the hybrid model continues to be a good template for festivals to come, at least for somewhat smaller ones like Sundance and Tribeca. Like I’ve said in years past, there’s something great about having both options. Providing a venue to attend movie screenings at is great, but opening things up virtually to more people is only a net positive. In any event, with Tribeca in the rearview mirror now, I wanted to share my highlights of the festival, which you can see below…

My awards for last year can be found here (the year before is here), but this year, the winners look a bit different. As always, a few films rise to the top, but there’s more variety than usual, given no one title dominating for me. You’ll see what I mean next. Now, sit back and see how I rank the movies of Tribeca 2023. Here we go:

2023 Tribeca Film Festival Awards…

Best Picture

Sony Pictures Classics

Winner – Shortcomings

Runner Ups- Bucky F*cking Dent, Chasing Chasing Amy, and The Good Half

Best Director

Bucky F*cking Dent

Winner – David Duchovny for Bucky F*cking Dent

Runner Up – Randall Park for Shortcomings and John Slattery for Maggie Moore(s)

Best Actor

The Good Half

Winner – Nick Jonas for The Good Half

Runner Up – Jon Hamm for Maggie Moore(s) and Justin H. Min for Shortcomings

Best Actress

The Graduates

Winner – Mina Sundwall for The Graduates

Runner Up – Lily Rabe for Downtown Owl and Tessa Thompson for The Listener

Best Supporting Actor

Bucky F*cking Dent

Winner – David Duchovny for Bucky F*cking Dent

Runner Up – Ed Harris for Downtown Owl and Nick Mohammed for Maggie Moore(s)

Best Supporting Actress

The Good Half

Winner – Alexandra Shipp for The Good Half

Runner Up – Stephanie Beatriz for Bucky F*cking Dent and Brittany Snow for The Good Half

Best Screenplay

The Good Half

Winner – Brett Ryland for The Good Half

Runner Up – David Duchovny for Bucky F*cking Dent and Adrian Tomine for Shortcomings

Best Documentary

Chasing Chasing Amy’ trailer puts Kevin Smith’s romantic comedy under the microscope

Winner – Chasing Chasing Amy

Runner Up – Rolling Along and Stan Lee

This is how I would rank everything I saw at the Tribeca Film Festival this year:

16. Fresh Kills

15. The Listener

14. The Line

13. Kim’s Video

12. I.S.S.

11. Hideo Kojima: Connecting Worlds

10. The Adults

9. Rolling Along

8. The Graduates

7. Stan Lee

6. Maggie Moore(s)

5. Downtown Owl

4. The Good Half

3. Bucky F*cking Dent

2. Chasing Chasing Amy

1. Shortcomings

That’s a wrap on Tribeca for 2023!


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