NewFest, the LGBTQ+ movie competition, has introduced the award winners for the competition’s thirty fifth anniversary run.
The Grand Jury prizes included Erica Tremblay’s Fancy Dance for Narrative Function, Goran Stolevski’s Housekeeping For Learners for Worldwide Function, Daniel Goncalves’s Acsexybility for Documentary Function, and Nyala Moon’s Dilating For Most Outcomes for New York Quick.
The announcement, which included quite a few different grantees and award winners, was made at present on the competition’s award ceremony in Brooklyn by NewFest Government Director David Hatkoff, Director of Programming Nick McCarthy, and Programmer & Jury Coordinator Murtada Elfadl.
“This year’s 35th edition of The New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival has demonstrated that queer cinema is stronger than ever,” mentioned Hatkoff and McCarthy. “The awards recipients prove the breadth of our community’s stories as well as the highest caliber of cinema. We are thankful to our esteemed juries and sponsors of these awards for their diligence and expert insights, and congratulate the award recipients and all of our filmmakers at NewFest35.”
As part of NewFest’s Black Filmmakers Initiative, the competition presents three jury-selected filmmakers, who every have short-form work programmed within the competition that options Black LGTBQ+ leads, with the Rising Black LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Grant.
This juried award goes to filmmakers that present an excellent high quality of capturing the Black LGBTQ+ expertise with authenticity, insightful expression, innovation, and auspicious command of the language of cinema. The three filmmakers who acquired the Rising Black LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Award, which is accompanied by a $1,500 money prize, have been administrators Tramaine Raphael Grey for Changing into, Clementine Narcisse for Lady Blunt and Miranda Haymon for Sis.
Along with the juried awards, NewFest additionally introduced the award recipients for the NewFest + NYWIFT Rising Filmmaker Award and NewFest + Vimeo First-Time Filmmaker Award. The 2023 recipient of NewFest + NYWIFT Rising Filmmaker Award was Daisy Friedman, director of As You Are. The NewFest + Vimeo award for First-Time Filmmaker goes to Brielle Leblanc, director of The 12 months Lengthy Boulder.
Earlier this week, NewFest awarded Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes this 12 months’s Queer Visionary Award for his legacy and excellent contributions to cinema. Haynes was introduced with the award throughout a particular in-conversation occasion previous to the screening of Might December on Thursday, October 19.
The viewers awards for the competition, which is able to embody Greatest Documentary, Greatest Narrative Function, Greatest Documentary Quick and Greatest Narrative Quick, will probably be introduced after the competition on Tuesday, October 24.
The complete winners and awards:
U.S. Narrative Function Jury Awards
The NewFest 2023 U.S. Narrative Options jurors have been Tribeca programmer Casey Baron, filmmaker/actor Pooya Mohseni, and publicist Curtis Russell.
Grand Jury Prize winner: Fancy Dance, directed by Erica Tremblay
Jury assertion: “Fancy Dance explores issues of family and legacy in the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma without tokenization or exoticization. Anchored by the precise lead performances of Lily Gladstone and Isabel Deroy-Olson and crackling with a particular sense of place and culture, director Erica Tremblay’s domestic thriller builds toward a tender and powerful catharsis that rewrites the rules of the genre. At once an indictment of broken systems and a celebration of queer worldmaking, Fancy Dance is a fierce whisper that speaks volumes.”
Particular Point out: Cora Bora
Jury assertion: “Cora Bora maintains a dizzying high-wire balance of cringe comedy and pathos thanks to the light touch of skilled craftspeople on both sides of the camera. Director Hannah Pearl Utt shepherds a game ensemble through the chaos that Megan Stalter’s wounded Cora leaves in her wake, while Senda Bonnet’s humanist cinematography and Kent Kincannon’s razor-sharp editing augment the laughs in RhianonJones’ perceptive script. The awkward pansexual horse ranch orgy is icing on the cake.”
Worldwide Narrative Function Jury Awards
The NewFest 2023 Worldwide Narrative Options jurors have been editor-in-chief at them. Sarah Burke, Cleveland + Trinidad & Tobago programmer Ivonne Cotorruelo, and New York Occasions author/critic Juan A. Ramirez.
Grand Jury Prize winner: Housekeeping For Learners, directed by Goran Stolevski
Jury assertion: “His third feature in two years, Goran Stolevski’s Housekeeping For Beginners – which the Macedonian filmmaker wrote, directed, and edited – extends a tender embrace outwards even as it holds its characters close. This ode to queer kinship frenetically introduces us to the biological, chosen, and wayward members of a fly-by-night family assembling itself in North Macedonia’s capital against a backdrop of settler colonialism, “passing,” unfriendly healthcare, and the common clashing of personalities. The superb ensemble animates Stolevski’s energetic sense of environment, tone, and tempo, creating a gaggle portrait that’s equal elements thought-about, cacophonous, compassionate, and present.”
Particular Point out: Carmen Madonia, lead performer in One thing You Mentioned Final Evening
Jury Assertion:.”Carmen Madonia’s lead efficiency within the touching highway journey film, One thing You Mentioned Final Evening, is the type of breakout an actor, and their viewers, goals of, not to mention as their display debut. Madonia creates a personality whose witty demeanor makes us desperately wish to hang around together with her, with a depth beckoning deep wells of feeling, and heralding a powerful new expertise.”
Documentary Function Jury Awards
The NewFest 2023 Documentary Options jurors have been Coordinator, Documentary Fund on the Sundance Institute Evan Neff and Creator/JEOPARDY! Champ Amy Schneider.
Grand Jury Prize winner: Acsexibility, directed by Daniel Goncalves
Jury assertion: “Sensual and spirited testimonies are laid bare in this ode to the intersection of sexual life and disability. The film holds its participants in whimsical reverence while expanding the contours of Queer desire and joy. Unconscious biases are unmasked as the viewer is invited to embody the weird, wild, and wonderful.”
Particular Point out: Má Sài Gòn (Mom Saigon), directed by Khoa Lê
Jury assertion: “A Special Mention is given to Má Sài Gòn (Mother Saigon) for Khoa Lê’s lyrical direction which illuminates the grace in buoyant Queer lives and the enduring care with which we hold our communities.”
New York Quick Jury Awards
The NewFest 2023 New York Shorts jurors have been filmmaker Frances Arpaia, author/critic at INTO Joshua Mackey, and SNL author Celeste Yim.
Grand Jury Prize winner: Dilating For Most Outcomes, directed by Nyala Moon
Jury assertion: “Moon’s short is a detailed comedic depiction of one trans woman’s challenges with IRL intimacy. The jury was very impressed with Moon’s unique form, which combines the rhythm of animation with the emotional reality of live action. This exciting and touching film also succeeds at a very difficult task: making a situation funny for both audiences who have and haven’t experienced it. The jury unanimously agreed that Nyala Moon needs a TV show… Now!!!”
Particular Point out: The Dalles, directed by Angalis Area
Jury assertion: “With its subtle dialogue and lingering nature shots, Field’s short is a beautiful coming-of-age story for one young trans man. This compelling short conveys the weight of one small moment with intense empathy for its protagonist and a comforting combination of levity, lust, and longing. (And binder representation!).”
Rising Black LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Grants (a part of NewFest’s Black Filmmakers Initiative)
The NewFest 2023 Black Filmmakers Initiative jurors have been filmmakers Class Bratton and Michael Rice and producer, mannequin, actor and activist, Jari Jones.
Prize: $1,500 per movie + 1-year Vimeo Subscription
Changing into, directed by Tramaine Raphael Grey
Jury Assertion: “Becoming is a beautiful mesmerizing cinematic short that defies traditional storytelling conventions and takes audiences on a introspective journey of self-discovery with the lead character Shawn, a young black queer man who finds himself battling toxic masculinity in his community all while balancing his relationship with his brother Rashad. Directed by Tremaine Rapheal Gray, this film weaves together themes of identity, brotherhood, and the power of dreams with a touch of magic and realism, resulting in a thought-provoking narrative. Becoming is a skillful blend of surrealism and grounded reality that should get people in and out of the LGBTQIA community to have conversations regarding family dynamics, self-realizations, homophobia, bullying and a concurring theme of loving one’s self through adversity.”
Lady Blunt, directed by Clementine Narcisse
Jury assertion: “Girl Blunt represents the emergence of a wonderfully idiosyncratic new voice in queer cinema. Clementine Narcisse’s film is full of promise. From its incredible sense of style through its strong performances by its two leads, and its unexpected visual storytelling choices, Girl Blunt gave us the munchies! The jury is happy to award the prize and can’t wait to see what this filmmaker makes next.”
Sis, directed by Miranda Haymon
Jury assertion: “Sis is a love letter to the ever so familiar queer moment of spontaneity and chance, the Black Queer “YOLO” we’ve been ready for. With its phenomenal leads, Sisstrategically and with a lot complexity provides us a romantic narrative that subverts the hetero, male and white rom-com default we’re used to, leaving this NewFest viewers with an efficacious starvation of what’s subsequent, not just for the characters Michelle & Sadie however for Director Miranda Haymon as nicely !!! This 12 months’s jury is honored not solely to award this grant however honored to witness black queer excellence in cinema.”
NewFest + NYWIFT Rising Filmmaker Award
Introduced in partnership with New York Ladies in Movie & Tv (NYWIFT) to acknowledge the work of an excellent rising filmmaker at this 12 months’s competition.
Prize: $1,000 and 1-year membership to NYWIFT
As You Are, directed by Daisy Friedman
NewFest + Vimeo Award for First Time Filmmaker
Introduced in partnership with Vimeo to acknowledge a first-timeshort filmmaker.
Prize: $1,000 and 1-year Vimeo Subscription
The 12 months Lengthy Boulder, directed by Brielle Leblanc
Queer Visionary Award
Awarded on October nineteenth
Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes (Might December)
NewFest’s New York LGBTQ+ Movie Pageant wraps its runs in individual on Oct. 22 and can run nearly at residence nationally by means of October 24. Screenings are accessible to ticket holders nationwide through NewFest’s on-demand platform, in addition to regionally in NY theaters.