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‘No Straight Lines’ & ‘Firstness’ Among Top Winners At Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival – Complete Winners List

Outfest has announced the award winners of its 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival.
August 24, 2021

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Outfest has announced the award winners of its 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival.

The nation’s leading LGBTQ festival ran from August 13th to August 22nd, holding its closing night at the iconic Orpheum Theatre, with Vivian Kleiman’s No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics claiming the Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize, and Brielle Brilliant’s Firstness winning the U.S. Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize.

For the first time ever, Outfest collaborated with IMDb in choosing Audience Award winners, selecting them based on IMDb ratings. Among other prizes and recognition, eligible Outfest Los Angeles winners received a one-year membership to IMDbPro.

The winners of the Grand Jury Prizes for Best U.S. Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best International Narrative Short all received a $2000 cash prize awarded in partnership with Entertainment Partners.

Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and International Narrative Short Grand Jury prize winners are now Academy Award eligible.

The jurors for Outfest Los Angeles represented a diverse cross-section of filmmakers, artists, journalists, and industry executives. They included Cowboys filmmaker Anna Kerrigan, Trans In Trumpland’s Tony Zosherafatain, Los Fuertes’ Omar Zuñiga Hidalgo, Ahead of the Curve’s Jen Rainin, Changing the Game’s Alex Schmider, Death and Nintendo’s Valeria Castillo Martinez, Little Chief’s Erica Tremblay, and In France Michelle Is A Man’s Name’s Em Weinstein, along with journalist Manuel Betancourt, journalist and critic Alonso Duralde, Caleb Ward (Vice President of Acquisitions, Highland Film Group), Liliana Rodriguez (Artistic Director, Palm Springs International Film Society), Robert Chang (Coordinating Producer, America ReFramed at American Documentary, Inc.), Jason Ishikawa (Senior Executive, Cinetic Media) and Malin Kan (Programmer, AFI Festivals).

Said Outfest Executive Director Damien Navarro: “The incredible response from this year’s festival has been beyond heart-warming and rewarding for our board, staff and volunteers to watch as thousands of our members, fans, filmmakers and audiences participated in this year’s festivities from around the world. As we come together a final time to celebrate our winners from 2021 – I want the world to know that Outfest the organization is committed to continuing our fight to improve accessibility, to continue expanding our visibility and to identify where new opportunities lie for us. As I said at our Opening Night Gala – To my trans, intersex and non-binary siblings, we see you. To my black lesbians, trans and gay men – we hear you, to my Latinx primos – we stand by you – to my asian queer family – we will do better –  to my disabled storytellers and dreamers – we won’t leave you behind – for my indigenous artists and visionaries – we will never forget – to my middle eastern colleagues – we will climb with  you – and to all of those generations before us who knocked down those first blocks – we can never repay you.”

For the full list of winners from Outfest 2021, read on.

Audience Awards

Documentary Short Audience Award

RIGHT TO TRY, Directed by Zeberiah Newman

Documentary Feature Audience Award

THIS IS JESSICA, Directed by Andrea Meyerson

Narrative Short Audience Award

AND THEN, Directed by Jenn Ravenna Tran

Narrative Feature Audience Award

DEATH AND BOWLING, Directed by Lyle Kash

Experimental Short Audience Award

JUPITER & EUROPA, Directed by Milo Ferguson

Grand Jury Awards

Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize

NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS, Directed by Vivian Kleiman

Documentary Feature Special Mentions

SEDIMENTS, Directed by Adrián Silvestre & NORTH BY CURRENT, Directed by Angelo Madsen Minax

U.S. Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize

FIRSTNESS, Directed by Brielle Brilliant

U.S. Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance

Pooya Mohseni in SEE YOU THEN

U.S. Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay

Wes Hurley for POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA

U.S. Narrative Feature Special Mention

THE SIXTH REEL for Ensemble Performance, Directed by Charles Busch & Carl Andress

International Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize

A DISTANT PLACE, Directed by PARK Kun-young

International Narrative Feature Special Mention

Cloris Leachman in JUMP, DARLING for Performance

International Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay

LOVE, SPELLS, AND ALL THAT, screenplay by Ümit Ünal

International Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance

Nell Barlow for SWEETHEART

Best International Narrative Short Grand Jury Prize

SQUISH, Directed by Xavier Seron

International Narrative Short Special Mention

PRIVATE PHOTOS, Directed by Marcelo Grabowsky

Best Documentary Short Grand Jury Prize

NARCISSISTER BREAST WORK, Directed by Narcissister

Documentary Short Special Mention

F1-100, Directed by Emory Chao Johnson

Best U.S. Narrative Short Grand Jury Prize

GIRLS & THE PARTY, Directed by Paloma Lopez

U.S. Narrative Short Special Mention

THE RECORDER, Directed by Justine Lupe

Special Programming Awards

Emerging Talent

The 2021 Programming Award for Emerging Talent goes to Joseph Sackett for HOMEBODY

Freedom

The 2021 Programming Award for Freedom goes to Whitney Skauge and Terence Smith for their collaboration on the short documentary THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT

Artistic Achievement

The 2021 Programming Award for Artistic Achievement goes to Bo McGuire for SOCKS ON FIRE

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