presented Sunday at the closing night gala of the 30th San
Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.
Award for Best Feature was given to Ned Farr's The
Gymnast. Farr's film looks at an aging gymnast
who finds new life and new love in the world of aerial
dancing. The film also received the Best U.S.
Narrative Feature Award at New York City's Newfest
earlier this month.
Award for Best Documentary was given to Todd Holland's
The Believers, which looks at the world's
first transgender gospel choir.
Eric Smith's film
Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road took
home the Audience Award for Best Short Film. Smith's work,
which has won 11 other awards already this year, looks at
his friendship with Irene Williams, the elderly icon
of Miami's Lincoln Road neighborhood.
Dockers First Feature Award went to Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil's
film Stray Cats. This independent film from the
Philippines examines the parallel lives of a straight woman
and her gay neighbor. The Dockers First Feature Award
is chosen by a jury that this year was made up of
film director Cheryl Dunye, president of Ironweed
Films Adam Werbach, and codirector of the Miami Gay and
Lesbian Film Festival Carol Coombes.
The Michael J.
Berg Documentary Award, which also comes with a $10,000
prize, was given to Janet Baus, Dan Hunt, and Reid
Williams's film Cruel and Unusual. The documentary
looks at transgender women who have been placed
in men's correctional facilities. The jury that chose
this year's winner for the Documentary Award was made
up of filmmaker Harjant Gill, documentary filmmaker Sasha
Aickin, and Melbourne Queer Film Festival director Lisa
Eleven films made
their world premieres at this year festival, which had
144 different scheduled programs, 20 of which were sold out.
For more information about the festival visit www.FrameLine.org/festival.