The Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2023 has unveiled the winners of its Jury Awards.
The jurors — a pool comprised of filmmakers, journalists, artists, and entertainment executives — unveiled their selects on Sunday at the conclusion of the 11-day festival. The Audience Awards winners will be announced at the end of the festival's virtual viewing period.
Mike Dougherty, Outfest’s director of programming, said, “In a truly exceptional year for LGBTQIA+ film, in which our artists delivered such a diverse collection of provocative, insightful, and fearless work, the choices made by our esteemed juries could not have been easy. Congratulations to every filmmaker in our festival for their commitment to unapologetically queer cinema in all its forms, and to these awardees for their much-deserved recognition.”
In addition to its Jury Awards, Outfest also honored Fire Island filmmaker Andrew Ahn with the Outfest Achievement Award, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone with the James Schamus Ally Award, multihyphenate Amandla Stenberg with the Platinum Maverick Award, electronic music icon Madame Gandhi with the Platinum Alchemy Award, and White Houe press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre with the inaugural Outfest Achievement Award for Press and Media.
See the Outfest Jury Award winners below.
The Paul D. Lerner and Stephen Reis Grand Jury Award for Documentary Feature Anhell69, directed by Theo Montoya
Documentary Feature Special Mention Queendom, directed by Agniia Galdanova
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding North American Narrative Feature Something You Said Last Night, directed by Luis De Filippis
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance, North American Narrative Feature Isaac Krasner (Big Boys)
Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, North American Narrative Feature Sebastián Silva (Rotting in the Sun)
North American Narrative Feature Special Mentions Fancy Dance, directed by Erica Tremblay The People’s Joker, directed by Vera Drew
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding International Narrative Feature The Fabulous Onesdirected by Roberta Torre
Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, International Narrative Feature Asog, screenplay by Seán Devlin, Jaya, and Arnel Pablo
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance, International Narrative Feature Choi Hae-jun (Peafowl)
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding International Narrative Short Film An Avocado Pit, directed by Ary Zara
International Narrative Short Special Mention Christopher at Sea, directed by Tom C J Brown
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary Short Film Love, Jamie, directed by Karla Murthy
Documentary Short Special Mention Here, Hopefully, directed by Hao Zhou
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding U.S. Narrative Short Dilating for Maximum Results, directed by Nyala Moon
U.S. Narrative Short Special Mention As You Are, directed by Daisy Friedman
Special Programming Awards
Emerging Talent Alice Maio Mackay (T Blockers)
Artistic Achievement Rumpelstiltskin, directed by Ethan Fuirst
Social Impact Truth Be Told, directed by Nneka Onuorah
Hornitos First Shot Award A History of Sitting in Waiting Rooms (or Whatever Longer Title You Prefer), directed by Lorena Russi