OUTFEST 2012 Winners Announced


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LOS ANGELES, CA (July 24, 2012) – Outfest 2012, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media, has announced the award winners of its 30th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

The nation’s leading LGBT festival and the oldest continuously running film festival in the city ran from July 12th to 22nd. Outfest 2012 closed with Brian Dannelly’s “Struck by Lightning,” starring Chris Colfer. Allison Janney, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and Ashley Rickards.

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.

Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement (Sponsored by Fandango) - SHE MALE SNAILS, Directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark,
for its bold imagination, provocative storytelling, striking imagery and unshakable emotional impact.

Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent (Sponsored by Katten Muchin Rosenmann LLP) - Marialy Rivas, Writer/Director of YOUNG & WILD, for crafting a stylistically fearless film to match the excitement, danger and chaos that can erupt with youthful sexual exploration.

Audience Awards

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film )Sponsored by Ramada Plaza Hotel West Hollywood) - A FORCE OF NATURE, Directed by Barbara Kopple

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film (Sponsored by Wolfe Video) - THE FIRST DATE, Directed by Janella Lacson, who also won a scholarship worth $5,000.

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film (Sponsored by Greenhouse Studios) - I STAND CORRECTED, Directed by Andrea Meyerson

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film (Sponsored by Innovative Artists) - ANY DAY NOW, Directed by Travis Fine

Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film (Sponsored by HBO (cash prize of $5,000 from HBO) - MOSQUITA Y MARI, Directed by Aurora Guerrero.

Jury Awards

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film (Sponsored by Greenhouse Studios) - THE DEVOTION PROJECT: MORE THAN EVER, Directed by Antony Osso, for its sensitive portrayal of enduring love that spans seven decades.

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film (Sponsored by CRE – Computer Rentals & AV Solutions) - DOL (FIRST BIRTHDAY), Directed Andrew Ahn, for its honest exploration of the complexities of culture, family and relationships.

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film (Sponsored by Avalon) - WILDNESS, Directed by Wu Tsang, with beautiful cinematography, a vibrant score and poetic storytelling, this year’s winning documentary succeeded in taking on the complexities of class, culture and difference in a most timely and brave fashion.

Grand Jury Award for 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.

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a 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.

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film - 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.

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting (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.

Grand Jury Award for 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.

For more information, log on to http://www.outfest.org/fest2012/

Alan Cumming - Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film (ANY DAY NOW)

Janella Lacson received Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film (sponsored by Wolfe Video) for her short THE FIRST DATE and a $5,000 for winning the 2012 "Be The Bridge Scholarship"

Andrew Ahn, Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film for his film DOL (FIRST BIRTHDAY)

Aurora Guerrero received the award for First Dramatic U.S. Feature Film for her film MOSQUITA Y MARI and the Outstanding Actress for Finessa Pineda.

Antony Osso, Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film
for THE DEVOTION PROJECT: MORE THAN EVER, with Wu Tang, Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film - WILDNESS.

Outfest 2012: The 30th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is presented by HBO. Grand Sponsors include Absolut and Ease Entertainment Services. Under the Stars Series Sponsor is presented by Oxygen. The Automotive Partner is MINI. Other sponsors at the Premiere level include: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Directors Guild of America, DIRECTV, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, Merrill Lynch, OUT, Variety and 104.3MYfm, The Official Sponsors are Barefoot Wines, Big Picture Group, Coca-Cola, Luca Bites, Lichter Yu & Associates, NBCUniversal, Orbitz, Propaganda Media, Room & Board, Southwest Airlines, Stella Artois, techpal, and Verizon Wireless. Day Sponsors are The David Geffen Foundation, Frontiers/InLA, Hollywood & Highland, Instinct Magazine, The Lesbian News, Lifetime, LOGO, Sony Pictures, and Wells Fargo, Organizational Funders: Andrew Kuehn Foundation, City of West Hollywood, Department of Cultural Affairs, Hollywood Foreign Press, and Los Angeles County Arts. For more information about Outfest 2012 sponsorship, visit www.outfest.org/sponsor.

About Outfest

Outfest celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012 with a yearlong celebration honoring the organization's rich film history, innovative filmmakers and cultural legacy. The anniversary celebration includes the signature film festival, a major film restoration, a new logo, a new monthly screening series and a comprehensive social media campaign. Founded by volunteers on the campus of UCLA in 1982, Outfest has grown into an internationally recognized organization that works to promote LGBT equality through the arts. For three decades Outfest has brought together film lovers, artists, celebrities and entertainment industry professionals to create a world-class forum for stories that reflect and often transform LGBT lives. Outfest has showcased over 5,600 films to audiences, reaching close to one million people, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected over 18,000 stories and images through the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, the only program of its kind in the world.