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Largest Queer Film Fest Bestows Prestigious Award on Elliot Page

Elliot Page

Out trans actor, filmmaker, and activist Elliot Page will be honored at the 2021 Outfest Lost Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival with the prestigious Outfest Annual Achievement Award. It’s set to be presented to Page by Kieran Medina, lead programmer of Outfest LA’s Annual Trans & Nonbinary Summit, on August 22 during the closing night gala at the Orpheum Theater. 

The festival’s top honor is reserved for those who have made a significant contribution to LGBTQ+ arts and community. “When determining the recipient of our highest honor we look for those that have been a powerful representative for our community, that have soared to the highest levels of recognition for their talent, and who have stepped into the shoes themselves as an independent filmmaker and creator. There is no one more poised to receive this year’s Outfest Annual Achievement Award than Elliot,” said Outfest executive director Damien S. Navarro. “His courage, advocacy, and personal journey have made him one of the most admired and respected public figures of his generation and his talent and voice are leading a new generation within the LGBTQIA+ and entertainment community.”

Page expressed his gratitude for being selected, for both his work onscreen as well as his passion for social justice and storytelling as a producer and documentary filmmaker. “It gives me great honor to be the recipient of this year’s Outfest Annual Achievement Award and represent the LGBTQ+ community,” Page said. “Now more than ever, it is so important for our voices to be amplified and represented in film and media, and for people to hear our stories.”

Page is best known for his roles in Juno, The Umbrella Academy, Hard Candy, and Inception, as well as his directorial debut, There’s Something in the Water, which was released globally on Netflix last year. He also created and produced the groundbreaking, two-time-Emmy-nominated documentary series Gaycation, executive produced by Spike Jonze and Shane Smith for VICELAND. In the series, Page and Ian Daniel explore LGBTQ+ culture and the often-harsh realities facing queer communities across the world.

The Outfest Los Angeles film festival is running between August 13 and 22 and includes both in-person and virtual screenings for those who are at-risk or live outside the region. The festival’s fifth Annual Trans & Nonbinary Summit will take place August 21.

For more information on this year’s festival and tickets, visit outfestla2021.com.

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