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And the Winners of Outfest 2018 Are...

Drew Droege

After 10 days of movies, panels, and parties, Los Angeles's premier LGBT film festival has picked the next class of what to watch! 

Los Angeles's LGBT film festival Outfest opened with a documentary feature about Studio 54 and closed with the upcoming big-screen release The Miseducation of Cameron Post. During the 10 days in between, the festival screened a record number of films by women, people of color, and transgender people throughout Los Angeles.

At a time when Donald Trump's presidency threatens the rights and safety of LGBT people, Outfest 2018 got political. The festival delved into subjects both historical and topical, including several about HIV and AIDS like 1985, Mapplethorpe, A Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years, and the Terrence McNally documentary Every Act of Life.

But Outfest had its share of comedies as well. Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, which earned writer-performer Drew Droege an award, tackles what it means to hold on to gay culture, while Madeleine Olnek's Wild Nights With Emily, starring Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson, posits the poet as a lively humorist who loved deeply.

The festival closed Sunday with an awards ceremony celebrating a gamut of LGBT representation in narrative features, documentaries, short films, and episodic offerings.

Read the full list of winners below.

Best Documentary Short Audience Award:Mama Dragons, directed by Andria May-Corsini and Adam Wolffbrandt

Best Documentary Feature Audience Award : Man Made, directed by T Cooper

Best Narrative Short Audience Award: Tooth and Nail, directed by Sara Shaw

Best Narrative Audience Award: Tucked, directed by Jamie Patterson

Best Episodic Series:Bonding, created by Righter Doyle

Best Experimental Short Audience Award: These Are My Hands, directed by Evi Tsiligaridou

Audience Award for Best First U.S. Narrative Feature :Daddy Issues, directed by Amara Cash

Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize:When the Beat Drops, directed by Jamal Sims

Documentary Feature Special Mentions:Call Her Ganda, directed by PJ Raval, and TransMilitary, directed by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson

U.S. Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize: We the Animals, directed by Jeremiah Zagar

U.S. Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance: Drew Droege in Bright Colors and Bold Patterns

U.S. Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenwriting : Yen Tan for 1985

U.S. Narrative Feature Special Mention for Ensemble Performance: Skate Kitchen, directed by Crystal Moselle

International Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize:Hard Paint, directed by Felipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon (Brazil) and Tucked, directed by Jamie Patterson (United Kingdom)

International Narrative Feature Special Mention: Montana, directed by Limor Shmila (Israel)

International Narrative Short Grand Jury Prize:The Things You Think I'm Thinking, directed by Sherren Lee (Canada)

Grand Prize for Best International Narrative Short Film: The Things You Think I'm Thinking

International Narrative Short Special Mention: Dressed for Pleasure (Je fais ou tu me dis), directed by Marie de Maricourt

Documentary Short Grand Jury Prize :Between Us Two, directed by Tan Wei Keong

Documentary Short Special Mention: These Are My Hands, directed by Evi Tsiligaridou

Narrative Short Grand Jury Prize: Fran This Summer, directed by Mary Evangelista

Narrative Short Special Mentions :Tooth and Nail, directed by Sara Shaw and Happy Birthday, Marsha!, directed by Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel

Programming Award for Emerging Talent: Caroline Berler for Dykes, Camera, Action

Programming Award for Freedom: Leilah Weinraub for Shakedown

Programming Award for Artistic Achievement: Anucha Boonyawatana for Malila: The Farewell Flower

Fox Inclusion Feature Film Award :Man Made, directed by T Cooper

Fox Inclusion Short Film Award:Rani, directed by Hammad Rizvi

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.