SPA NIGHT directed by Andrew Ahn
SPA NIGHT directed by Andrew Ahn

The 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night with the award ceremony, where SPA NIGHT directed by Andrew Ahn took home the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative.

SPA NIGHT follows David Cho, a Korean-American with first-generation Korean parents, as he goes to S.A.T. classes, helps out at his parents’ restaurant, and is unsure about his future. When his family’s restaurant is forced to close, David begins working at a spa, where he discovers the underground gay hook-up culture.

2016 Outfest Los Angeles Award Winners

Programming Award for Artistic Achievement
BABY BUMP
Director: Kuba Czekaj
This outrageous Polish import features Mickey House, an 11-year-old boy coming to grips with his changing body and the surreal world which he inhabits.

Programming Award for Emerging Talent
TWIGGY PUCCI GARÇON & SARA JORDENÖ (KIKI)

Programming Award for Freedom
FORBIDDEN: UNDOCUMENTED AND QUEER IN RURAL AMERICA
Director: Tiffany Rhynard
Growing up in the deep South as an undocumented gay man, Moises Serrano shares his story and advocates for justice and equality.

Audience Award for Best Documentary Short Film (TIE)
ALZHEIMER’S: A LOVE STORY
Directors: Gabe Schimmel & Monica Petruzzelli
A couple struggles with a disease that is actively eradicating the memory of a beautiful relationship 40+ years in the making, and the love that has held them together through it all.
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S.T.A.R.
Director: Rhys Ernst
A delicately woven archival portrait of trans activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

Audience Award for Best Narrative Short Film
OH-BE-JOYFUL
Director: Susan Jacobson

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
MAJOR!
Director: Annalise Ophelian
The inspiring story of transgender elder Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and her activism from Stonewall to today.

Audience Award for Best U.S. First Feature
SUICIDE KALE
Director: Carly Usdin
When new partners Jasmine and Penn find what might be a suicide note in their friends’ bedroom, they hatch a plan to figure out who wrote it.

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
MILES
Director: Nathan Adloff
Miles dreams of leaving his small town for Chicago, but his only hope for a scholarship lies in joining his high school’s all-girl volleyball team.

Short Film Jury Special Mention
B.
Director: Kai Stänicke

Jury Award for Best Documentary Short
THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS
Director: Dan Taberski

Jury Award for Best Narrative Short Film
FAKE IT
Director: Tzurit Hartzion

Documentary Feature Jury Special Mention
MAJOR!
Director: Annalise Ophelian

Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature
SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR
Director: Deborah S. Esquenazi
In the late 90s four Texas lesbians were falsely accused of child abuse and Satanism; this documentary makes a compelling case for their innocence.

International Narrative Feature Jury Special Mention
THE NEST
Directors: Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon
While on leave from the Brazilian military, Bruno discovers a welcoming LGBTQ social scene where he is free to explore his sexuality.

Jury Award for Best International Feature
BEING 17
Director: André Téchiné
Thomas and Damien often butt heads at school, but when they’re forced to live together, the boys must sort through the complicated feelings they have for each other.

U.S. Narrative Jury Special Mention
JOE SEO (SPA NIGHT)

Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, U.S. Narrative Feature
WOMEN WHO KILL
Writer-Director: Ingrid Jungermann
Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan’s new love interest is a murderer.

Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative
SPA NIGHT
Director: Andrew Ahn

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