'Reaching for the Moon,' 'Bridegroom' Win Outfest Audience Awards
Bridegroom was honored with outstanding documentary feature award while Reaching for the Moon claimed the prize for dramatic feature film.
Moon tells of the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Bridegroom, which also won an audience award at the Tribeca Film Festival, is the story of a young gay man, Shane Bitney Crone, whose relationship with his partner, Tom Bridegroom, was cut short when Bridegroom died in a freak accident -- and Bridegroom's family then refused to acknowledge the relationship.
Heading the list of jury award winners was Chris Mason Johnson's Test, set in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, which was named outstanding U.S. dramatic feature and earned Johnson the outstanding screenwriting award as well. Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman's Born This Way, about LGBT leaders in Cameroon, where homosexuality is punishable by a five-year prison sentence, won the outstanding documentary feature film.
The event, held from July 11-21, awarded winners in multiple categories. The festival, which promotes LGBT stories, opened with a screening of writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's C.O.G. and will conclude with Darren Stein’s G.B.F.
The full winner's list is below:
Special Programming Awards
Special Programming Award for Freedom
deepsouth, directed by Lisa Biagiotti
Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement
Animals, directed by Marcal Fores
Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent
Diego Ruiz, Writer/Director/Actor
Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film
Facing Fear, directed by Jason Cohen
Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film
Wini + George, directed by Benjamin Monie
Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film
Bridegroom, directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film
Reaching for the Moon, directed by Bruno Barreto
Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film (cash prize of $5,000 from HBO)
Geography Club, directed by Gary Entin
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Experimental Short Film
She Gone Rogue, directed by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film
Performing Girl, directed by Crescent Diamond
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film
Going South, directed by Leesong Hee-il
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film
Born This Way, directed by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film
It's All So Quiet, directed by Nanouk Leopold
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
Guinevere Turner, Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, Pit Stop
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting
Chris Mason Johnson, Test
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film
Test, directed by Chris Mason Johnson