Award Winners at Outfest— 2011

OUTFEST 2011 AWARD WINNERS   

 

Special Programming Award for Freedom  

Sponsored by GLAAD

NO LOOK PASS, Directed by Melissa Johnson

For its unflinching look at the life of a young lesbian basketball star facing the hardships of coming out and a relationship challenged by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” the Outfest Special Programming Award for Freedom goes to NO LOOK PASS.

 

Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement  

Sponsored by APA

THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, Directed by Marie Losier

For matching the conceptual daring and aesthetic bravado of its subjects’ lives with an equally powerful filmmaking style and for never losing sight of the love story that flourished in an atmosphere of gender experimentation and conceptual music, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement goes to Marie Losier, director of THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE.

 

Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent  

Sponsored by Greenhouse Studios

Madeleine Olnek, Writer/Director of CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME

For her witty and creative vision, her skill at eliciting memorable performances, for deftly blending old school science fiction and deadpan comedy, and for believing that true love exists even if it means going to another planet to find it, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent goes to Madeleine Olnek, the writer/director of CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME.

 

 

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film  

Sponsored by Ramada Plaza Hotel West Hollywood

SAME DIFFERENCE, Directed by Catherine Opie & Lisa Udelson

 

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film  

Sponsored by Wolfe Video

TSUYAKO, Directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki

 

 

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film  

Sponsored by World of Wonder  

WE WERE HERE, Directed by David Weissman & Bill Weber

 

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film  

Sponsored by Relativity Media

3, Directed by Tom Tykwer

 

Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film

Sponsored by HBO (cash prize of $5,000 from HBO)

CIRCUMSTANCE, Directed by Maryam Keshavarz

 

 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film  

Sponsored by Yellow Cab Company

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL, Directed by Shawn Nee

 

For its moving examination of one man’s emotional journey through a complex and systematic issue of inequity which currently and will continue to affect many of us, we award the Outfest 2011 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film to THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL, directed by Shawn Nee.

 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film  

Sponsored by CRE – Computer Rentals & AV Solutions  

I  DON’T WANT TO GO BACK ALONE, Directed by Daniel Ribeiro

 

For its sensitive and original portrayal of a young man’s self-realization of his sexuality, and for the quality of its direction, writing, and its performances, we award the Outfest 2011 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film to I DON’T WANT TO GO BACK ALONE, directed by Daniel Ribeiro.

 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film  

Sponsored by Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

HABANA MUDA, Directed by Eric Brach

 

This year’s winning documentary is a beautifully crafted narrative that reveals multiple worlds and gives us access to intimate moments and complex relationships. It’s a very personal story that rises above the issues it explores, and entertains us in every moment.

 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film  

Sponsored by The Standard

WEEKEND, Directed by Andrew Haigh

 

This year’s winning international dramatic feature film is a touching, authentic portrayal of gay life as we truly experience it: not stylized, not glamorized, but heartfelt, perceptive and absorbingly real. From the first frame it manages to get beneath the artifice we are used to. In its own quiet, unflinching way it leaves you a little bit changed, and yet more yourself than you ever were. 

 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film  

Sponsored by Glee

Nikohl Boosheri, CIRCUMSTANCE

 

For her fierce and sensual portrayal of a young woman struggling to balance the tumultuous landscape of her sexuality in a world in flux around her, the Outfest 2011 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film goes to Nikohl Boosheri for her portrayal of Atafeh in CIRCUMSTANCE.

 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film  

Sponsored by Macy’s

THE CAST OF PRIVATE ROMEO

 

For bringing fresh life to a timeless love story and infusing each moment with a 21st century immediacy that balances naked passion with longing and delivering it all with brilliant coherence, the Outfest 2011 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film goes to the entire cast of PRIVATE ROMEO.


Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting  

Sponsored by The New York Times

Stephen Cone, THE WISE KIDS

 

For a script that transports us to a world with rare authenticity and plunges into the lives of a myriad of characters with surprising depth and compassion and never judges its characters, the Outfest 2011 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting goes to Stephen Cone for THE WISE KIDS.

 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film  

Sponsored by The Caprio Trust

THE WISE KIDS, Directed by Stephen Cone

 

We were very moved by this film not only as a love letter to the community it depicts but as a universal portrayal of characters both coming of age and coming of middle age. We also believe this film represents American independent cinema at its best and marks the discovery of a filmmaker with a compelling cinematic voice.

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