Outfest announced its 2013 competition winners on Sunday, wrapping up the LGBT film festival’s 31st year in Los Angeles.
Two grand jury prizes deservedly went to Chris Mason Johnson’s period film “Test,“ an HIV/AIDS-panic drama set in the modern dance world of 1980s San Francisco. The film received the award for Outstanding Screenwriting, sponsored by SXSW, and the grand jury’s RADiUS-TWC-sponsored award for Outstanding US Dramatic Feature. Funded via Kickstarter, Johnson’s superb film premiered earlier this year at Frameline. Smartly scripted and visually atmospheric, “Test” features a winsome performance by promising newcomer Scott Marlowe as an antisocial dancer who begins to feel pressure and paranoia within the company as HIV makes its way around the gay community.
A dual best actor award went to both Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, the male leads in Yen Tan’s gay drama “Pit Stop.” A prominent actress in lesbian film, Guinevere Turner took the jury’s best actress award for her performance in the Edward Albee-inspired dark comedy “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?” On the documentary side, the grand jury awarded Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann’s “Born This Way,“ a fascinating human rights investigation of LGBT repression and struggle in the West African nation of Cameroon (our Frameline review here).
Audience awards went to Tribeca hits “Bridegroom” and “Reaching for the Moon,” among others. Also the winner of an audience award at Tribeca, “Bridegroom” is a documentary about an ill-fated same-sex marriage between two young men. “Reaching for the Moon” is a narrative feature centered on the life of 20th-century poet Elizabeth Bishop, played here by Miranda Otto.
View the complete list of winners below, followed by trailers after the jump.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING AWARDS
Special Programming Award for Freedom
DEEPSOUTH, Directed by Lisa Biagiotti
Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement
ANIMALS, Directed by Marçal Forés
Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent
Diego Ruiz, Writer/Director/Actor
Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film
Sponsored by Ramada Plaza Hotel, West Hollywood
FACING FEAR, Directed by Jason Cohen
Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film
Sponsored by Yellow Cab
WINI + GEORGE, Directed by Benjamin Monie
Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film
Sponsored by CNN Films
BRIDEGROOM, Directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film
REACHING FOR THE MOON, Directed by Bruno Barreto
Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film
Sponsored by HBO (cash prize of $5,000 from HBO)
GEOGRAPHY CLUB, Directed by Gary Entin
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Experimental Short Film
SHE GONE ROGUE, Directed by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film
PERFORMING GIRL, Directed by Crescent Diamond
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film
Sponsored by CRE Computer and Audiovisual Solutions
GOING SOUTH, Directed Leesong Hee-il
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film
BORN THIS WAY, Directed by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film
Sponsored by The Los Angeles Athletic Club
IT’S ALL SO QUIET, Directed by Nanouk Leopold
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
Sponsored by Milbank
Guinevere Turner, WHO’S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF?
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, PIT STOP
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting
Sponsored by SXSW
Chris Mason Johnson, TEST
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film
Sponsored by Radius TWC
TEST, Directed by Chris Mason Johnson