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‘Electrifying’ films win big awards at Frameline Film Festival

‘Electrifying’ films win big awards at Frameline Film Festival

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The world’s biggest LGBTI film festival has just wrapped up after 11 days of ‘electrifying’ screenings, events, galas and big awards night.

Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco announced its slate of award winners for its 43rd year.

The festival issued two juried prizes: the First Feature Award and the Outstanding Documentary Award.

Frameline’s audience also chose their favorites this year in four awards categories.

Frameline43’s First Feature Award went to Lucio Castro’s End of the Century from Argentina.

This year’s international jury consisted of ITVS producer and filmmaker Bianca Beyrouti; journalist and founding
president of the Queer Palm prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Franck Finance-Madureira; and Frameline alum, filmmaker, and board member of the Beijing Queer Film Festival, Popo Fan.

‘We are excited to discover a remarkable film about time and memory, love and relationships,’ the jury said in a statement.

‘In this debut work, the director found a smart and cinematic way of creating a unique timeline, while also thoughtfully exploring new challenges and possibilities in our community.

‘At this moment, when we are about to conclude the first fifth of our new century, this work brings us a fresh element of filmmaking.’

The jury also included a special honorable mention to Margherita Ferri’s Zen in the Ice Rift from Italy.

‘All of this year’s first feature contenders are remarkable achievements in their own right,’ the jury said.

Outstanding Documentary Jury Award

Frameline43’s  Outstanding Documentary Feature went to Rodney Evans’ Vision Portraits, which also received a Frameline Completion Fund Grant.

Rodney Evans’ wins big at Frameline 43 | Photo: Barak Sharma/Frameline

Jury panellists Cornelius Moore and Nico Opper described the film as ‘gripping’.

‘We experience how their artistic vision expands, taking us on a journey that is at once intellectual, emotional, visceral, and philosophical,’ they said.

Evans also received the Festival’s highest honor, the Frameline Award.

Audience awards

Frameline audiences are able to vote in four categories during the festival. Those categories are: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Film, and Episodic.

The Audience Award for Narrative Feature went Leon Le’s Song Lang, with Documentary Feature going to Michael Barnett’s Changing the Game.

(L-R) Frameline43’s Paul Struthers, Song Lang actors Lien Binh Phat and Kieu Tran and its director Leon Le | Photo: Barak Sharma/Frameline

While the second annual Audience Award for Episodics went to A Luv Tale: The Series. Sidra Smith created the series exactly 20 years their short film of the same name.

Alyssa Lerner’s, Bubble, took home the Award for Short Film.