Outfest: 'Drunktown's Finest' and 'The Circle' Awarded Top Jury Prizes

"Drunktown's Finest"
"Drunktown's Finest"
 Peter Holland, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Sydney Freeland's Drunktown's Finest claimed the jury award for best dramatic feature at the 32nd Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, which concluded Sunday. The drama about three young Native Americans also won the audience award for first U.S. dramatic feature. The grand jury award for best feature documentary went to Stefan Haupt's The Circle, which tells the story of the pre-World War II underground gay movement.

FILM REVIEW Drunktown's Finest

Daniel Ribeiro's The Way He Looks, which is centered around the life of a blind teenager, topped the list of audience-award winners as best dramatic feature. Cheryl Furjanic's Back on Board: Greg Louganis, a study of the Olympic diving champion, captured the audience award for documentary feature.

The jury awarded acting honors to Mark Strano for the film Tiger Orange and Gaby Hoffmann for Lyle. Screenwriting honors were awarded to Desiree Akhavan for the dramatic feature Appropriate Behavior, and Ester Martin Bergsmark's Something Must Break was named best international dramatic feature.

A complete list of winners follows:

Audience Awards

Documentary Short: 
Families Are Forever, Directed by Vivian Kleiman

Dramatic Short:Alone With People, Directed by Drew Van Steenbergen

Documentary Feature: 
Back on Board: Greg Louganis, Directed by Cheryl Furjanic

Dramatic Feature: The Way He Looks, Directed by Daniel Ribeiro

First US Dramatic Feature
: Drunktown's Finest, Directed by Sydney Freeland

Grand Jury Awards

Documentary Feature Special Recognition:Dior and I, Directed by Frederic Tcheng

Documentary Feature Winner: The Circle, Directed by Stefan Haupt

Actor in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: 
Mark Strano in Tiger Orange

Actress in a U.S. Dramatic Feature
: Gaby Hoffmann in Lyle

Screenwriting in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: 
Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior

U.S. Dramatic Feature Film:Drunktown's Finest, Directed by Sydney Freeland

International Dramatic Feature Special Recognition: 
Lilting, Directed by Hong Khaou

International Dramatic Feature: 
Something Must Break, Directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark

Documentary Short Film: Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination, Directed by Leslie Von Pless

Experimental Short Film
: Get Ripped, Directed by Leonardo Van Dijl

Dramatic Short Film: 
Jellyfish, Directed by Rosie Haber

Special Programming Awards

Emerging Talent: Robert Hawk for Home From the Gym

Freedom: 
Bad Hair, Directed by Mariana Rondon; Abdellah Taia for Salvation Army

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