Outfest on top of the 'World' with Gustafson's drama


Thomas Gustafson's "Were the World Mine," which recounts an all-boys high school production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," was named outstanding U.S. dramatic feature at Outfest, which handed out its awards Sunday.

"World" also played as the awards-night feature at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood.

The fest, which formally closes tonight, also honored Lucia Puenzo's "XXY" as best international dramatic feature. Daryl Wein's "Sex Positive" took the documentary award. Tye Olson was chosen best actor in a feature for "Watercolors," while Nicole Bilderback was best actress for "The New Twenty."

James Bolton earned the screenwriting award for "Dream Boy."

Madeleine Olnek's "Countertransference" was named best dramatic short, and Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega's "The Crown" was hailed as best documentary short.

David Assmann and Ayat Najafi's "Football Under Cover" received the Freedom Award.

Dave O'Brien was recognized with the emerging talent award for "Equality U."

Matt Wolf took the prize for artistic achievement for "Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell." (partialdiff)