“Our 27th annual festival marked a year of huge growth for NewFest,” noted NewFest Executive Director Robert Kushner. “As a new generation of filmmakers comes through with exciting new stories and means of telling them, it’s clear that LGBT audiences continue to seek community through shared experiences onscreen. We’re extraordinarily happy that NewFest can play a role in that.”
Following the closing gala, NewFest has announced 2015’s Audience Award-winning films:
The Audience Award for Outstanding Feature Film went to Joey Kuhn’s “Those People,” a “crowd-pleasing depiction of a complicated romance between two young men in the gilded halls of Manhattan’s high society.” “Those People” will be released in 2016.
The Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Film went to Nneka Onuora’s “The Same Difference,” a film meant to shine a light on “homophobia and gender discrimination within the African-American lesbian community.” “The Same Difference” will be distributed in 2016.
The Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short went to Robert Fiesco’s “Tremulo,” a “beautifully realized depiction of a brief encounter between two young men in Mexico.”
The Audience Award to Outstanding Docuemtnary Short went to Austin Bunn’s “In the Hollow,” which combined documentary and narrative to depict “a horrific crime against two gay women.”
Speaking on behalf of the programming team, senior programmer Adam Baran also singled out Martin Edraline’s narrative short “Hole” and Blair Fukumura’s documentary short “Bedding Andrew.”