Chris Colfer, Allison Janney, Alan Cumming Shine at 30th Annual Outfest Awards

Chris Colfer, Allison Janney, Alan Cumming Shine at 30th Annual Outfest Awards

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Outfest 2012, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media, has announced the award winners of its 30th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.  

The nation’s leading LGBT festival and the oldest continuously running film festival in the city ran from July 12 – 22 and closed with Brian Dannelly’s “Struck by Lightning,” starring Chris Colfer, Allison Janney, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, and Ashley Rickards.

Special Programming Award for Freedom – For illuminating the stories of the first generation of transwomen who forged their paths with grace, courage, and fabulousness and the pioneering surgeon who changed history for transpeople everywhere, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Freedom was given to I Am a Woman Now, directed by Michiel van Erp. 

Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement – For its bold imagination, provocative storytelling, striking imagery and unshakable emotional impact, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement was given to Ester Martin Bergsmark, director of She Male Snails

Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent – For crafting a stylistically fearless film to match the excitement, danger and chaos that can erupt with youthful sexual exploration, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent was given to Marialy Rivas, the writer/director of Young & Wild.

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short FilmA Force of Nature, Directed by Barbara Kopple.

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short FilmThe First Date, Directed by Janella Lacson.

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature FilmI Stand Corrected, Directed by Andrea Meyerson.

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Feature FilmAny Day Now, Directed by Travis Fine.

Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature FilmMosquita y Mari, Directed by Aurora Guerrero.

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film – For its sensitive portrayal of enduring love that spans seven decades, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film was given to The Devotion Project: More Than Ever, Directed by Antony Osso.

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film – For its honest exploration of the complexities of culture, family and relationships, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film was given to DOL (First Birthday), directed by Andrew Ahn. 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film – With beautiful cinematography, a vibrant score and poetic storytelling, this year’s winning documentary succeeded in taking on the complexities of class, culture and difference in a most timely and brave fashion. The Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film was given to Wilderness, directed by Wu Tsang.  

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film – For its taut narrative, sensitive interrogation of masculinity, excellent performances by an ensemble cast, and intense cinematic experience, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film was given to My Brother the Devil, directed by Sally El Hosaini. 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film – For beautifully capturing the fleeting moments of transition from innocence to curiosity to self-discovery, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film was given to Fenessa Pineda in Mosquita y Mari

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film – For bringing depth, humor, fierce wit, and emotional integrity to a moving portrait of a man who unexpectedly finds a family and the strength to fight for it, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film was given to Alan Cumming in Any Day Now

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting – For masterfully constructing an emotionally honest portrait of a relationship that spans the better part of a decade and artfully weaving the mundane and the momentous, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting was given to Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias for Keep the Lights On

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film – For taking us on a challenging but poetic journey through the landscape of a long-term relationship, the Outfest 2012 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film was given to Keep the Lights On, directed by Ira Sachs.

Founded by volunteers on the campus of UCLA in 1982, Outfest has grown into an internationally recognized organization that works to promote LGBT equality through the arts. For three decades Outfest has brought together film lovers, artists, celebrities, and entertainment industry professionals to create a world-class forum for stories that reflect and often transform LGBT lives. Outfest has showcased over 5,600 films to audiences, reaching close to one million people, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected over 18,000 stories and images through the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, the only program of its kind in the world.

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