Out On Film announces winners

Atlanta’s LGBT film festival Out On Film, announced its Audience Awards and Jury Awards winners for 2013. On Oct. 15.

The overall Audience Award went to Linda Bloodworth Thomason’s (“Designing Women”) “Bridegroom,” which tells the true story of Shane Bitney Crone, who – after losing his partner Tom in an accident and being banned from the funeral from Tom’s parents – made a YouTube video about the incident titled “It Could Happen to You” that went viral and has been seen by millions of people. Crone attended the festival’s closing night screening. “Bridegroom” also took home a Best Director Jury Award for Thomason.

“Reaching for the Moon,” Bruno Barreto’s drama about poet Elizabeth Bishop and her relationship with architect Lota de Macedo Soares, received a Jury Award for Best Film as well as an Audience Award for Best Women’s Feature, while local filmmaker Chad Darnell’s “Birthday Cake” tied for a Best Comedy Audience Award and tied for a Juror Award for Best First Film.

Del Shores’ “Southern Baptist Sissies” won the Audience Award for Best Men’s Feature.
The full list of winners is below.

Audience Awards:
Best Overall Film – “Bridegroom”
Runner-up – “Melting Away”
Best Men’s Feature – “Southern Baptist Sissies”
Runner-Ups – “Kill Your Darlings” and “Free Fall”
Best Women’s Feature – “Reaching for the Moon”
Runner-Up – “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?”
Best Transgender Feature – “Melting Away”
Best Comedy – (Tie) “Birthday Cake” and “G.B.F.”
Best Documentary -“Bridegroom”
Runner-Ups – “Gore Vidal – the United States of Amnesia” and “The Rugby Player”
Best Male Short”- “dik”
Best Female Short – “The Devotion Project: Foremost in My Mind”

Jury Awards
Best Narrative Feature – “Reaching for the Moon”
Best Actor – (Tie) Lukas Haas (“Meth Head”) and Max Riemelt (“Free Fall”)
Best Actress – Hen Yanni (“Melting Away”)
Best Director – (Tie) Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Bridegroom”) and Doron Eran (“Melting Away”)
Best Documentary – “Valentine Road”
Best First Film – (Tie) “Birthday Cake” and “Meth Head”
Best Ensemble – (Tie) “First Period” and “The Happy Sad”