Outfest Los Angeles Film Festival 2021 Complete list of winners – Deadline


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

The country’s main LGBTQ festival took place August 13-22, holding its closing night at the iconic Orpheum Theater, with Vivian Kleiman’s No straight lines: the rise of queer comics winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary feature films, and that of Brielle Brilliant Primacy winner of the Jury Grand Prize for American Narrative Feature.

For the very first time, Outfest collaborated with IMDb to choose the audience award winners, selecting them based on IMDb ratings. Among other awards and recognitions, eligible Outfest Los Angeles winners received a one-year IMDbPro membership.

The winners of the Jury’s Grand Prix for Best American Short Narrative, Best Documentary Short and Best International Narrative Short all received a cash prize of $ 2,000 awarded in partnership with Entertainment Partners.

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It’s also worth noting that the US and International Grand Jury winners for short narrative films are now Oscar eligible.

The jurors at Outfest Los Angeles represented a diverse cross section of filmmakers, artists, journalists and industry executives. They included Cowboys filmmaker Anna Kerrigan, Trans in Trumplandit’s Tony Zosherafatain, Los Fuertes‘Omar Zuñiga Hidalgo, Acurve headis Jen Rainin, Change the gameit’s Alex Schmider, Death and Nintendoby Valeria Castillo Martinez, Little Chef‘s Erica Tremblay, and In France, Michelle is a man’s name‘s Em Weinstein, 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 Cropped at American Documentary, Inc.), Jason Ishikawa (senior executive, Cinetic Media) and Malin Kan (programmer, AFI Festivals).

Outfest Executive Director Damien Navarro said: “The incredible response from this year’s festival has been more than heartwarming and gratifying for our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. the world. As we come together one last time to celebrate our 2021 winners, I want the world to know that the Outfest organization is committed to continuing our fight to improve accessibility, to continue to expand our visibility and to identify new opportunities for us. Like I said at our opening gala – To my trans, intersex, non-binary siblings, we see you. To my black lesbians, trans and gay men – we hear you, to my Latinx primos – we are by your side – to my queer Asian family – we will do better – to my disabled storytellers and dreamers – we will not leave you behind – for my native artists and visionaries – we will never forget – my colleagues in the Middle East – we will climb with you – and all those generations before us who toppled those first blocks – we can never pay you back.

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

Public Prize

Short documentary award

RIGHT TO TRY, directed by Zeberiah Newman

Audience Award for Feature Documentary

THIS IS JESSICA, directed by Andrea Meyerson

Short narrative audience award

ET THEN, directed by Jenn Ravenna Tran

Audience Award for Narrative Feature Film

DEATH AND BOWLING, directed by Lyle Kash

Experimental public court award

JUPITER & EUROPA, Directed by Milo Ferguson

Grand Jury Prizes

Grand Jury Prize Documentary Feature


Special mentions Feature documentary

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

Grand Jury Prize for American Narrative Feature Film

FIRSTNESS, directed by Brielle Brilliant

Grand Jury Prize for American Narrative Feature Film for Best Performance

Pooya Mohseni in RENDEZ-VOUS THEN

Grand Jury Prize for American Narrative Feature Film for Best Screenplay


Special Mention for American Narrative Feature

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

Grand Jury Prize for International Narrative Feature

A DISTANT PLACE, directed by PARK Kun-young

Special Mention for International Narrative Feature

Cloris Leachman in JUMP, DARLING for Performance

Grand Jury Prize for International Narrative Feature Film for Best Screenplay

LOVE, SPELLS AND ALL THAT, screenplay by Ãœmit Ãœnal

Grand Jury Prize for International Narrative Feature Film for Best Performance

Nell Barlow for SWEETHEART

Grand Jury Prize for Best International Narrative Short

SQUISH, directed by Xavier Seron

Special Mention Short International Narrative

PRIVATE PHOTOS, Directed by Marcelo Grabowsky

Grand Jury Prize for best documentary short

NARCISSISTER BREAST WORK, Directed by Narcissister

Special Mention Short Documentary

F1-100, directed by Emory Chao Johnson

Grand Jury Prize for Best American Narrative Short

GIRLS AND THE PARTY, directed by Paloma Lopez

Special Mention for American Narrative Short

THE RECORDER, directed by Justine Lupe

Special programming prices

Emerging talents

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


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

Artistic achievement

2021 Programming Award for artistic achievement goes to Bo McGuire for SOCKS ON FIRE


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