Berlin has its Teddy and Venice has its Queer Lion, and now Cannes will have its Queer Palm Award, to be awarded May 22, recognizing a film for its contribution to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender themes.
Although Queer Palm Award is not an official part of Cannes Film Festival, the contestants for the award will come from all Cannes sections: Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, Critics’ Week, and Director’s Fortnight.
French directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau are patrons of the Queer Palm, recognizing a film for its contribution to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender themes. Franck Finance-Madureira, reporter for GLBT website Yagg.com, is managing the award.
The international jury for the first Queer Palm includes festival director Benoit Arnulf; Premiere editor Florence Ben Sadoun; journalist Romain Charbon; Screen International editor Mike Goodridge; journalist Xavier Leherpeur; Ecran Mixtes manager Ivan Mitifiot; festival president Pascale Ourbih; and festival programmer Brian Robinson.
More details will be available on queerpalm.f.