LA’s Outfest is perhaps the world’s pre-eminent lesbian and gay film festival. It’s been running for the past week or so and the Outfest 2012 film festival awards concluded the event a couple of days ago at a brunch held at the Directors Guild of America.
So what won? Here they are:
Special Programming Awards
Special Programming Award for Freedom, Sponsored by The Mondrian Los Angeles
I AM A WOMAN NOW, Directed by Michiel van Erp
For illuminating the stories of the first generation of transwomen who forged their paths with grace, courage, and fabulousness and the pioneering surgeon who changed history for transpeople everywhere, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Freedom goes to I AM A WOMAN NOW, directed by Michiel van Erp.
SHE MALE SNAILS, Directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark
For its bold imagination, provocative storytelling, striking imagery and unshakable emotional impact, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement goes to Ester Martin Bergsmark, director of SHE MALE SNAILS.
Marialy Rivas, Writer/Director
For crafting a stylistically fearless film to match the excitement, danger and chaos that can erupt with youthful sexual exploration, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent goes to Marialy Rivas, the writer/director of YOUNG & WILD.
Outstanding Documentary Short Film, Sponsored by Ramada Plaza Hotel West Hollywood
A FORCE OF NATURE, Directed by Barbara Kopple
Outstanding Dramatic Short Film, Sponsored by Wolfe Video
THE FIRST DATE, Directed by Janella Lacson
Outstanding Documentary Feature Film, Sponsored by Greenhouse Studios
I STAND CORRECTED, Directed by Andrea Meyerson
Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film, Sponsored by Innovative Artists
ANY DAY NOW, Directed by Travis Fine
Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film, Sponsored by HBO (cash prize of $5,000 from HBO)
MOSQUITA Y MARI, Directed by Aurora Guerrero
THE DEVOTION PROJECT: MORE THAN EVER, Directed by Antony Osso
For its sensitive portrayal of enduring love that spans seven decades, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film goes to THE DEVOTION PROJECT: MORE THAN EVER, directed by Antony Osso.
DOL (FIRST BIRTHDAY), Directed Andrew Ahn
For its honest exploration of the complexities of culture, family and relationships, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film goes to DOL (FIRST BIRTHDAY), directed by Andrew Ahn.
Outstanding Documentary Feature Film, Sponsored by Avalon
WILDNESS, Directed by Wu Tsang
With beautiful cinematography, a vibrant score and poetic storytelling, this yearâ€™s winning documentary succeeded in taking on the complexities of class, culture and difference in a most timely and brave fashion. The Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film goes to WILDNESS, directed by Wu Tsang.
Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film, Sponsored by The Los Angeles Athletic Club
MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, Directed by Sally El Hosaini
For its taut narrative, sensitive interrogation of masculinity, excellent performances by an ensemble cast, and intense cinematic experience, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film goes to MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, directed by Sally El Hosaini.
Outstanding Actress in a US Dramatic Feature Film, Sponsored by The Avenue Hollywood
Fenessa Pineda, MOSQUITA Y MARI
This actress brought nuance and subtlety to a fresh coming of age story. For beautifully capturing the fleeting moments of transition from innocence to curiosity to self-discovery, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film goes to Fenessa Pineda in MOSQUITA Y MARI.
Outstanding Actor in a US Dramatic Feature Film, Sponsored by Oxygen
Alan Cumming, ANY DAY NOW
For bringing depth, humor, fierce wit, and emotional integrity to a moving portrait of a man who unexpectedly finds a family and the strength to fight for it, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film goes to Alan Cumming in ANY DAY NOW.
Outstanding Screenwriting in a US Dramatic Feature Film, Sponsored by Yellow Cab
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON
For masterfully constructing an emotionally honest portrait of a relationship that spans the better part of a decade and artfully weaving the mundane and the momentous, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting goes to Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias for KEEP THE LIGHTS ON.
Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film, Sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue
KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, Directed by Ira Sachs
This film resonated with us for its confidence, complexity, and emotional intelligence. For taking us on a challenging but poetic journey through the landscape of a long-term relationship, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film goes to KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, directed by Ira Sachs.