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‘In The Grayscale,’ ‘Alex & Ali’ Lead Frameline Winners

'In The Grayscale,' 'Alex & Ali' Lead Frameline Winners

The 39th edition of Frameline — the oldest and largest LGBTQ film festival in the world — came to a close Sunday night following a 10 day program of a whopping 180 queer films from 33 different countries by handing out a bunch of awards — both juried and from Frameline’s audience. 

And the winners are….

Audience Awards

Since 1984, our audience has been responsible for selecting the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Short Film of the Festival.

Best Feature Film

MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, directed by Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar


Best Documentary Film

GAME FACE, directed by Michiel Thomas


Best Short Film

ADRIFT IN SUNSET, directed by Narissa Lee


Frameline39 Jury Awards

Frameline has a long history of supporting pioneering films and filmmakers, and we continue that tradition with our seletions for the Wells Fargo First Feature Award and the Frameline39 Outstanding Documentary AwardsThe Wells Fargo First Feature award is generously funded by Wells Fargo and is a $7,500 juried award.

For its uniquely constructed mosaic of Kenyan LGBTQI lives, its stunning black-and-white cinematography, and as an act of artistic and political courage, the Frameline39 First Feature Jury awards an honorable mention to STORIES OF OUR LIVES, directed by Jim Chuchu.

First Feature – Honorable Mention

STORIES OF OUR LIVES, directed by Jim Chuchu

For its sensitive, multi-layered exploration of sexual discovery, against the backdrop of the history of a Latin American city and culture…for the surprising depth and complexity in its performances and themes, and its appreciation for the gradations of sexuality, the Frameline39 Outstanding First Feature Award is proudly presented to IN THE GRAYSCALE, directed by Claudio Marcone.

Outstanding First Feature Award

IN THE GRAYSCALE, directed by Claudio Marcone

Documentary – Honorable Mention

For its thrillingly told cautionary tale–executed with compelling craft–about the dangers of the virtual world and the deep drive for love and human connection, set against the struggle for queer rights and democracy in Syria and the challenges of our hydra-headed news media, the Frameline39 Documentary Jury awards an Honorable Mention to THE AMINA PROFILE directed by Sophie Deraspe.

THE AMINA PROFILE, directed by Sophie Deraspe


Outstanding Documentary

For its heartbreaking testament to universal love across borders and longing across decades and its remarkable achievement in following a complex story as it unfolds before our eyes, raising challenging cross-cultural perspectives on homophobia, identity and fate, the Frameline39 Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary goes to ALEX & ALI, directed by Malachi Leopold.

ALEX & ALI, directed by Malachi Leopold

Frameline39 Volunteer of the Year Award

Selected by honoree and 2015 Frameline Volunteer of the Year, Jackie Dennis.

STORIES OF OUR LIVES, directed by Jim Chuchu

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