Films that focus
on LGBT-related issues or include a gay character will
be recognized with a new award at this year's Venice Film
Festival, the BBC reports. The Queer Lion, the younger
and more fabulous cousin of the festival's main Golden
Lion award, will be given to the best full-length
feature film with a queer twist.
According to the
BBC, competition director Daniel Casagrande said it has
taken four years of tense negotiations to create the award.
He expects between 10 and 12 films to be contenders
for the award's debut.
looking for the next Brokeback Mountain," he
told the BBC. "We are just looking for films that accurately
portray gay characters or themes."
All films shown
at the festival, which runs from August 29 to September
8, will be eligible for the award. A small international
jury will choose the winner, which will be awarded a
gold plaque featuring the winged Venice Lion with the
addition of rainbow feathers. (The Advocate)