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Out & About Audience Award

You decide which film gets the Out&About audience award by voting after the screening, and by voting for one of the films shown below, you automatically enter our competition to win prizes. Our audience prize is awarded in collaboration with Out&About magazine. See the films in competition from 2016 below.

Heartland

When Lauren's partner passes away, she's left heartbroken, jobless, and without a home. She moves back in with her mother in a small conservative and religious town in Oklahoma. This is no place for discussing feelings, so Lauren is forced to put grief aside. Lauren's brother shows up with his girlfriend Carrie to explore a new business venture. Suddenly things get a bit complicated as intense urges arise between Lauren and Carrie. Heartland is a well-acted indie-drama about forgiveness and finding yourself.

Maura Anderson

USA, 2016

98 min.

English without subtitles


#audienceaward #bisexual #lesbian #noncismaledirector #northamerica #sex

Feature film

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Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Following the popularity of real life crime stories like 'Making a Murderer' and 'Paradise Lost', comes the story of four Latin American lesbians, whose lives have been devastated by an atrocious miscarriage of justice. In 1994, they were falsely accused of having sexually abused two young girls in San Antonio, Texas. As victims of the connecting of homosexuality and satanic rituals in a ‘sex panic’ that ravaged the United States in the 1980s and 1990s, the four women stood strong throughout their ordeal, never turning on each other - and their solidarity is one of the key elements this powerful documentary focuses on.

Deborah Esquenazi

USA, 2016

91 min.

English without subtitles


#audienceaward #homophobia #lesbian #northamerica #POC #portrait

Documentary

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Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

What first appears to be a film about a young man coming to terms with his sexuality within the context of a heavily Christian family soon turns out to be much more layered and mysterious. Filled with intertwining stories all explored at the protagonist's 17th birthday party, this film perfectly recreates teenage awkwardness, while also looking at the damage religion can do to young gay men. With dreamy underwater sequences and some scenes that can be hard to watch, this film manages to be both slow moving and fast paced at the same time, and will leave you thoughtful and wanting more.

Stephen Cone

USA, 2015

87 min.

English without subtitles


#audienceaward #gay #homophobia #northamerica #religion #youth

Feature film

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Strike A Pose

It is 1990 and Madonna overturns all sorts of scenes with her Blonde Ambition Tour. The legendary time was immortalized for better or worse with the documentary "In Bed With Madonna", which offered a dramatic and unprecedented insight into life behind the scenes. In "Strike A Pose" we are back to hear more about the lawsuits, the dancers, and memories of what really happened on the tour. The touching film follows Stea, Camacho, and the rest as they reunite and discuss their ride with Madonna after many years. Now is the time to vogue all the way back, wiping his eyes, and striking a pose one last time.

Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan

The Netherlands/Belgium, 2016

83 min.

English without subtitles


#audienceaward #celebrity #gay #historical #noncismaledirector #northamerica

Documentary

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Finding Phong

This documentary spans more than a year in the life of Phong, a transwoman from a small village in Vietnam. After she returns home from a trip to Thailand and begins taking hormones, Phong slowly comes out of her shell. Refreshingly frank, the film highlights the depth and supreme relief of this process. Along the way, Phong must make peace with her family. Her 72-year-old mother and 87-year-old father want what’s best for their child, even when it’s hard for them to understand. The emotional change in Phong throughout her journey and the complexity of family love are astounding.

Swann Dubus & Phuong Thao Tran

Vietnam, 2015

92 min.

Vietnamese with English subtitles


#asia #comingout #fighter #hardships #POC #T

Documentary

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Suited

“No one contacts us and says they want a fitting - they just say, ‘This is my story.’” From Lena Dunham and others from the ‘Girls’ team, we have a unique documentary about the Brooklyn-based tailoring company ‘Bindle & Keep’, which caters specifically to people within the trans and gender non-conforming community. Through interviews and personal narratives, the lives of a selection of different clients looking for custom-made wears are explored. This film has its share of tear-inducing moments, demonstrating the power of the perfect suit.

Jason Benjamin

USA, 2016

85 min.

English without subtitles


#audienceaward #gender #northamerica #portrait #queer

Documentary

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