Nonfiction award categories at the Tenth Annual Tribeca Film Festival, held from April 20 to May 1, 2011, included World Documentary Competition for best film, Best New Documentary Director, Best Documentary Editing and Best Documentary Short, among others. The awards were juried, or based on audience opinion. The competitions are always intense. The winner of the 2011 World Competition, for example, was selected from among 12 nonfiction feature films from around the globe. The tenth annual editon of the festival presented a total of 93 features and 60 short films from 40 countries.
The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival's nonfiction awards were presented on May 1, in New York City. Here are the winners:
- World Competition Best Documentary Feature - Bombay Beach, directed by Alma Har'el (USA, Israel) - $25,000 and the art award "Nathans" by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao.
- Best Editing in a Documentary Feature - Purcell Carson for Semper Fi: Always Faithful (USA) - $5,000.
- Best New Documentary Director - Pablo Croce for Like Water, (USA) - $25,000 (sponsored by American Express) and the art award "Path to the Stage" by Inka Essenhigh.
- Special Jury Mention For Best New Documentary Director - Michael Collins for Give Up Tomorrow (UK, USA) - no cash prize
- Best Documentary Short - Incident in New Baghdad - Written and Directed by James Spione (US) - $5,000 (sponsored by Persol) and 5,000 feet of film stock (donated Kodak), and the art award "Big Penny" by Tom Otterness.
- Special Jury Mention Best Documentary Short - Guru, Written and Directed by Jonathan VanBallenberghe (USA) - no cash award.
- Heiniken Audience Award - Give Up Tomorrow - Directed by Michael Collins (USA)- $25,000 (sponsored by Heineken);
- The 2011 Tribeca (Online) Film Festival Best Feature Film (voted on by visitors to tribecafilm.com) - Donor Unknown, Written and Directed by Jerry Rothwell (UK) - $25,000 (sponsored by American Express), and the art award "Untitled" by Sarah Crowner.
- Heinekin Audience Award - Give Up Tomorrow - Michael Collins (USA) - $25,000 (sponsored by Heineken.