After six days of sold-out screenings, including a centerpiece showcase of Todd Haynes' Carol and a stimualting discussion moderated by Laverne Cox, NewFest (New York's LGBT Film Festival) has announced the winners of its audience awards.
Pulling off a win for Narrative Feature was Those People, which told the story of a compliacted relationship between two men amongst the gilded Upper East Side society in New York City. Nneka Onuorah's The Same Difference won the coveted Documentary Feature award for its uncompromising depiction of homophobia and gender discrmination within the African American lesbian community.
In the short categories, Tremulo, about the brief tender encounter between two men in Mexico, won Narrative Short (and also has a feature length version in the works). The final award, Documentary Short, was won by In the Hollow, which plunged viewers into a horrific crime against two gay women.
All four of these films, regardless of length, had a profound impact on their audiences, and we hope these awards are signs of very promising careers to come.