Outfest, 30th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Alan Cumming
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 closes tonight 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
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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, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Freedom goes to I AM A WOMAN NOW, directed by Michiel van Erp.
Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement
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SHE MALE SNAILS, Directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark
For its bold imagination, provocative storytelling, striking imagery and unshakable emotional impact, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement goes to Ester Martin Bergsmark, director of SHE MALE SNAILS.
Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent
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Marialy Rivas, Writer/Director
For crafting a stylistically fearless film to match the excitement, danger and chaos that can erupt with youthful sexual exploration, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent goes to Marialy Rivas, the writer/director of YOUNG & WILD.
Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film
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A FORCE OF NATURE, Directed by Barbara Kopple
Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film
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THE FIRST DATE, Directed by Janella Lacson
Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film
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I STAND CORRECTED, Directed by Andrea Meyerson