Catherine Opie, Lisa Udelson, Madeline Olnek, Marie Losier, and
Mitsuyo Miyazaki were among the filmmakers credited for impressive
No Look Pass, directed by Melissa Johnsons, was awarded a Special
Programming Award for Freedom, while The Ballad of Genesis and Lady
Jaye, directed by Marie Losier, was awarded for it's Artistic
Madeline Olnek received an accolade for Emerging Talent, while
Same Difference, directed by Catherine Opie and Lisa Udelson,
received the Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short.
Meanwhile, Mitsuyo Miyazaki took home the Audience Award for
Outstanding Dramatic Short for her project, Tsuyako.
In addition to the 163 films (67 features and 96 shorts) from 25
countries, Outfest hosts over a dozen panels and special events at
seven venues across Los Angeles, including Hollywood, West
Hollywood, Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles.
The notable line-up of actors who starred in this year's movies
included Kathleen Turner, Jason Ritter, Emily Deschanel and Richard
Chamberlain ("The Perfect Family"), Dolly Parton ("The Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas" and "Hollywood to Dollywood") and Margaret Cho
("Cho Dependent" and "Drop Dead Dive").
"This year's line-up was one of the strongest in Outfest history
and we're excited to have showcased work that is both exploring and
expanding the possibilities of LGBT themes and challenging our
audiences through their storytelling," said Director of Programming