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Outfest 2013 Winners: 'Test,' 'Born This Way,' 'Bridegroom,' 'Reaching for the Moon' and More (TRAILERS)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! July 21, 2013 at 10:41PM

Outfest announced its 2013 competition winners on Sunday, wrapping up the LGBT film festival's 31st year in Los Angeles. Among big were the AIDS-panic drama "Test," gay romance "Pit Stop" and the critically acclaimed documentaries "Bridegroom" and "Born This Way."
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'Test'
'Test'

Outfest announced its 2013 competition winners on Sunday, wrapping up the LGBT film festival's 31st year in Los Angeles.

Two grand jury prizes deservedly went to Chris Mason Johnson's period film "Test," an HIV/AIDS-panic drama set in the modern dance world of 1980s San Francisco. The film received the award for Outstanding Screenwriting, sponsored by SXSW, and the grand jury's RADiUS-TWC-sponsored award for Outstanding US Dramatic Feature. Funded via Kickstarter, Johnson's superb film premiered earlier this year at Frameline. Smartly scripted and visually atmospheric, "Test" features a winsome performance by promising newcomer Scott Marlowe as an antisocial dancer who begins to feel pressure and paranoia within the company as HIV makes its way around the gay community.

A dual best actor award went to both Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, the male leads in Yen Tan's gay drama "Pit Stop." A prominent actress in lesbian film, Guinevere Turner took the jury's best actress award for her performance in the Edward Albee-inspired dark comedy "Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?" On the documentary side, the grand jury awarded Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann's "Born This Way," a fascinating human rights investigation of LGBT repression and struggle in the West African nation of Cameroon (our Frameline review here).

Audience awards went to Tribeca hits "Bridegroomand "Reaching for the Moon," among others. Also the winner of an audience award at Tribeca, "Bridegroom" is a documentary about an ill-fated same-sex marriage between two young men. "Reaching for the Moon" is a narrative feature centered on the life of 20th-century poet Elizabeth Bishop, played here by Miranda Otto. 

View the complete list of winners below, followed by trailers after the jump.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING AWARDS

Special Programming Award for Freedom

DEEPSOUTH, Directed by Lisa Biagiotti 

Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement 

ANIMALS, Directed by Marçal Forés 

Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent

Diego Ruiz, Writer/Director/Actor 

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film

Sponsored by Ramada Plaza Hotel, West Hollywood

FACING FEAR, Directed by Jason Cohen

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film

Sponsored by Yellow Cab

WINI + GEORGE, Directed by Benjamin Monie

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film

Sponsored by CNN Films

BRIDEGROOM, Directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film

REACHING FOR THE MOON, Directed by Bruno Barreto

Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film

Sponsored by HBO (cash prize of $5,000 from HBO)

GEOGRAPHY CLUB, Directed by Gary Entin

JURY AWARDS

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Experimental Short Film

SHE GONE ROGUE, Directed by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film

PERFORMING GIRL, Directed by Crescent Diamond 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film

Sponsored by CRE Computer and Audiovisual Solutions

GOING SOUTH, Directed Leesong Hee-il 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film

BORN THIS WAY, Directed by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film

Sponsored by The Los Angeles Athletic Club

IT’S ALL SO QUIET, Directed by Nanouk Leopold

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film

Sponsored by Milbank

Guinevere Turner, WHO’S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF?

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film

Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, PIT STOP 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting

Sponsored by SXSW

Chris Mason Johnson, TEST 

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film

Sponsored by Radius TWC

TEST, Directed by Chris Mason Johnson

This article is related to: Born This Way, Bridegroom, Test, Pit Stop, Outfest, Awards, Festivals


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