Awards for 2017

Grand Jury Award

Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film

WINNER

Saturday Church: Luka Kain
"For his quiet intensity in a fresh and non-traditional coming of age role and his on-screen transformation both physically and emotionally, the US Narrative Jury honors Luka Kain for his outstanding performance in Saturday Church."

Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film

WINNER

The Feels: Ever Mainard
"In a cast of strong female performances, she not only supported the ensemble cast but stood out with her comic timing and effortlessly hilarious presence. The US Jury Prize for Best Actress goes to Ever Mainard in The Feels."

Outstanding Screenwriting in a U.S. Feature

WINNER

Beach Rats: Eliza Hittman
"For its naturalistic yet spare and unforced dialogue, even in the most harrowing of situations the award for Best Screenwriting in a U.S. Narrative goes to Eliza Hittman for Beach Rats."

Outstanding Dramatic Short Film

WINNER

Devi: Goddess: Karishma Dube
"Demonstrating restraint in both dialogue and narrative while also presenting a rich visual tapestry in a claustrophobic household, the film portrays an intense, simmering passion between two women yearning to break free from the norms of sexuality and caste (class) in a matriarchal Indian household. The Best Narrative Short Film Award goes to Goddess (Devi), directed by Karishma Dube."

IN-COMPETITION

Outstanding Documentary Short Film

WINNERS

Bayard & Me: Matt Wolf
"For its elegant storytelling, its economical sweep of history, and its sensitivity to lovers together in the struggle, whose intimate point of view enlightens and moves us to see the intricacies of the personal & political victories we can achieve together. The Best Documentary short prize goes to: Bayard & Me by Matt Wolf."

Jeanne Cordova: Butches, Lies & Feminism: Gregorio Davila
"Creatively employing the few surviving archival interviews to illuminate a forthright, outspoken, dynamic and sexy old school butch who was unstoppable in her quest for equality & fairness for lesbians, women and the queer community. The Best Documentary short prize goes to Jeanne Cordova: Butches, Lies & Feminism by Gregorio Davila."

Outstanding Documentary Feature

WINNER

Chavela: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
"We award Best Documentary Feature to Chavela, for its artistic style that elegantly and poetically brings together raw archival footage, animation, editing, and sound design."

Outstanding International Narrative Feature

WINNER

Inxeba: John Trengove
"This film breaks new ground through skillful storytelling and stunning cinematography and an unflinching focus on masculinities - toxic or otherwise. The Jury Award for Best International Narrative Feature goes to the South African film The Wound, directed by John Trengove."

Outstanding American Narrative Feature

WINNER

Signature Move: Jennifer Reeder
"For a delightful, well-acted and incisive romp into Chicago's multi-cultural neighborhoods and a moving exploration of the unique bonds between mothers and daughters. Its inspiring message of love and acceptance explodes with humor and heart. We award the Best US Narrative Feature Film prize to Jennifer Reeder for Signature Move."

Grand Jury Award - Honorable Mention

Outstanding Documentary Short Film

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Outstanding Documentary Feature

WINNER

Girl Unbound: Erin Heidenreich
"For Excellence in Filmmaking we award a Special Jury mention to Girl Unbound: The War to Be Her, for its brave, humorous, and inspired depiction of Maria, a world class squash player and her rock star family who live on their own terms and challenge misconceptions of feminism and Islam in the Muslim and Western worlds. This film illustrates Maria's nonbinary journey, her quest for athletic excellence and her desire to show all girls everywhere that, 'Fear is taught. That you are born free and you are born brave.'"

Outstanding International Narrative Feature

WINNER

Audience Award

Outstanding Experimental Short Film

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Outstanding Narrative Short Film

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Outstanding Documentary Short Film

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Outstanding Documentary Feature

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Outstanding First Narrative Feature

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Freedom Award

WINNER

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson: Victoria Cruz (subject), David France (director)
"This long overdue biography of a civil rights icon merges empathetic documentary filmmaking with the tenacity of investigative journalism to highlight the injustices that trans people still face today, the 2017 Programming Award for Freedom goes to David France and Victoria Cruz for The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson."

Emerging Talent Award

WINNER

Baka bukas: Samantha Lee
"This assured debut feature film combines dreamy cinematography, honest and energetic performances, and snappy, contemporary dialogue, heralding the arrival of a fresh new voice in queer Asian cinema, the 2017 Programming Award for Emerging Talent goes to Samantha Lee for Maybe Tomorrow."

Artistic Vision Award

WINNER

Rökkur: Erlingur Thoroddsen
"For a chilling tale that blends Hitchcockian suspense filtered through the eerie Icelandic countryside with a rumination on the lingering effects of past trauma, the 2017 Programming Award for Artistic Achievement goes to Erlingur Thoroddsen for Rift."

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