Outfest 2013 Awards

Special Programming Awards

Special Programming Award for Freedom
DEEPSOUTH, Directed by Lisa Biagiotti
For shining a spotlight on the HIV/AIDS crisis and its too often overlooked effects on the rural South, and for honoring the men and women of various races and classes who selflessly and tirelessly fight the good fight.

Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement
ANIMALS, Directed by Marçal Forés
For its darkly comical and occasionally disturbing portrayal of a young man’s unsettling coming of age, its stunning cinematography, captivating performances, willingness to keep audiences guessing, and for a talking teddy bear unlike any other.

Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent
Diego Ruiz, Writer/Director/Actor, IGLOO
As co-writer, director and star of this eccentric and unpredictable Chilean debut feature, this gifted artist mixes romance, psychosis and improvisational dance to thrilling effect.

Audience Awards

Outstanding Documentary Short Film
Sponsored by Ramada Plaza Hotel West Hollywood
FACING FEAR, Directed by Jason Cohen
Outstanding Dramatic Short Film
Sponsored by Yellow Cab Co
WINI + GEORGE, Directed by Benjamin Monie
Outstanding Documentary Feature Film
Sponsored by CNN Films
BRIDEGROOM, Directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film
REACHING FOR THE MOON, Directed by Bruno Barreto
Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film
Sponsored by HBO (cash prize of $5,000 from HBO)
GEOGRAPHY CLUB, Directed by Gary Entin

Jury Awards

Outstanding Experimental Short Film
SHE GONE ROGUE, Directed by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
The 2013 Outfest Short Films Jury believes it is important to recognize non-narrative LGBT visual art, and was so impressed by the Platinum Shorts selections that we felt compelled to create an award! So, for its haunting visuals, for the intergenerational links it forges, and for taking us on a journey into a fabulous imagined world, the first-ever Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Experimental Short goes to SHE GONE ROGUE.
Outstanding Documentary Short Film
PERFORMING GIRL, Directed by Crescent Diamond
For the relationship of trust created between the filmmaker and subject, which made possible a thought-provoking and multi-layered exploration of the trans immigrant experience, and for its cool, queer use of Legos.
Outstanding Dramatic Short Film
Sponsored by CRE Computer & Audiovisual Solutions
GOING SOUTH, Directed by Leesong Hee-il
For its defiant spirit, its performances and images that left their imprints on our minds, and for its fierce emotional resonance.
Outstanding Documentary Feature Film
Sponsored by CNN Films
BORN THIS WAY, Directed by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman
For its elegant camera work, sound design, and narrative structure, its quietly beautiful depiction of the textures of its subjects’ daily lives, and its achievement in articulating contradictions while maintaining a sense of hope.
Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film
Sponsored by The Los Angeles Athletic Club
IT'S ALL SO QUIET, Directed by Nanouk Leopold
For its bold formal choices, its compelling and challenging realism, the understated depth of its central performance, and for offering a platform to a character who usually left in the background.
The films in this category showcased a diversity of style and vision that made for a difficult decision. From the outsider qualities of BWAKAW, to the stunning formal complexities fo IN THE NAME OF, we were greatly impressed by all the films in this year’s competition.
Outstanding Actress in a US Dramatic Feature Film
Sponsored by Milbank
For her brash, campy humor undergirded with authentic humanity, for mixing old-school Hollywood glamour with contemporary style, and for lighting up every scene she’s in with a certain je ne sais quoi.
Outstanding Actor in a US Dramatic Feature Film
Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, PIT STOP (tie)
For an understated but moving portrayal of loneliness and longing, for the quiet expression of the balance between vulnerability and virility, and for the hottest male sex scene we saw all festival.
Outstanding Screenwriting in a US Dramatic Feature Film
Sponsored by SXSW
Chris Mason Johnson, TEST
For its effective use of imagery and metaphor, its multi-dimensional characters, and for one hell of an ending that sticks with you for days.
Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film
Sponsored by Radius TWC
TEST, Directed by Chris Mason Johnson
For its beautiful depiction of a story we thought we knew, for the inspired choice of the world in which it exists, and for its complex performances from a strong ensemble cast.
*Feature films that have had a US theatrical release or have premiered on US Television or other domestic commercial ancillary (video, DVD, VOD release) prior to the start of the film festival are NOT eligible.