As proof of what a good springboard it can be, last year it was won by A Fantastic Woman, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. It is currently competing for Best Film Not In The English Language at the Oscars.
This year’s award has now been handed out and has gone to the Brazilian movie, Hard Paint (Tinta Bruna). The film comes from directors Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, who have previously worked together on LGBT projects such as the movie Seashore, and the provocative short film, The Last Days Of Zanzibar.
Here’s the synopsis for Hard Paint from the Teddy website: ‘Pedro earns a living in chat rooms. The image resolution may not be perfect but when Pedro transforms himself into NeonBoy in front of the webcam he still manages to create the desired impression. Slowly, this young man dips his fingers into pots of coloured paint and glides them across his naked body. Glowing in the dark, NeonBoy follows his users’ commands until he agrees to meet one of them in a private chat room for money. But things change when Pedro’s sister Luzia moves out of their shared apartment and he notices that somebody is imitating his performances.
‘He agrees to go on a date with his mysterious rival. This rendezvous will have far-reaching consequences. As with all of the previous films by directing duo Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, we find ourselves again in Porto Alegre in northern Brazil, where we encounter young queers in search of intimacy, community and security. The elegantly interwoven virtual images and protagonists’ stories may take us away from the real world, yet in actuality we remain in an increasingly homophobic Brazilian society to whose misfits this sensitive, affectionate portrait in three acts is dedicated.’
Take a look at the full list of Teddy Winners below. You can also head over to the awards’ website here.
Best Feature Film
By Marco Reolon, Filipe Matzembacher
Best Documentary Film
Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag)
By Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifam
Best Short Film
By Lara Zeidan
THE TEDDY Jury Award
By Evangelia Kranioti
L`Oreal TEDDY Newcomer Award
By Alvaro Delgado Aparicio
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Las Herederas (The Heiresses)
By Marcelo Martinessi