The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has announced its annual "Best of Festival' award winners for 2014. Here's the news release:
THE 16TH ANNUAL MIAMI GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS “BEST OF FESTIVAL” AWARDS TO SIX FILMS
MIAMI - May 13, 2014 - The 16th Annual Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) wrapped up Sunday, May 11, after featuring more than 60 films from 20 countries and attracting more than 20,000 audience members, actors and filmmakers from around the world. At the elegant closing brunch held at the iconic Biltmore Hotel, MGLFF Interim Executive Director and Board Chair Mark Gilbert and Programming Committee Chair Victor Gimenez led the awards presentation ceremony.
This year the festival celebrated many milestones including increased ticket sales of almost 16% and an improved pedigree of programming with four world premieres, one international premiere, two North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, three East Coast premieres, and several Southeast premieres.
Film awards were given in six categories: Jury Selection Best Short Film, Jury Selection Best Documentary, Jury Selection Best Feature Film, as well as Audience Award Best Short Film, Audience Award Best Documentary and Audience Award Best Feature Film. Participating as the judges at this year’s MGLFF were Board of Directors members Brian Beasley, Larry Hyer, and Susan Solman.
2014 MGLFF Award Winners:
Jury Selection Best Short Film ($200): “Secrets & Toys,” a comedy of errors where a surprise visit, a bumbling bestie, and many years of tight-lipped deception create chaos as well as sexy moments for the protagonists. Directed by Quentin Lee.
Runner-up was “Rosita Lopez for President,” directed by Rachel Goldberg.
Jury Selection Best Documentary ($400): “The Case Against 8,” a behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White.
Runner-up was “South Beach on Heels,” directed by Dmitry Zhitov.
Jury Selection Best Feature Film ($500): “Violette.” Set in the heady cultural milieu of Paris, “Violette” casts a sharp yet sympathetic gaze on the inner workings of French writer Violette Leduc, her fearless writing and the complex love she shared with revered feminist Simone de Beauvoir. Directed by Martin Provost.
Runner-up was “My Straight Son,” directed by Miguel Ferrari.
Audience Award Best Short Film ($200): “Secrets & Toys,” directed by Quentin Lee.
Runner-up was “Barrio Boy,” directed by Dennis Shinners.
Audience Award Best Documentary ($400): “The Case Against 8,” directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White.
Runner-up was “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,” directed by Michele Josue.
Audience Award Best Feature Film ($500): “My Straight Son,” a dramedy that explores what happens to a gay father when his estranged, close-minded heterosexual son unexpectedly re-enters his life. Directed by Miguel Ferrari.
Runner-up was “The Way He Looks,” directed by Daniel Ribeiro.
Next year’s Festival is scheduled to run April 24th through May 3rd, 2015. To become a member of the MGLFF and receive advance ticket purchasing rights, as well as discounted and complimentary tickets to screenings, visit www.mglff.com. Members receive priority entry, seating benefits, invitations to special events and much more.