JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK directed by Daniel Laabs.
JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK directed by Daniel Laabs.

The 2019 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival which ran from July 18th to July 28th, closed on Sunday night with “Before You Know It,”  – a quirky Sundance favorite from director Hannah Pearl Utt, that infuses tenderness and complex emotion into the absurd misadventures of Rachel and Jackie, sisters living a dysfunctional life in New York City.

The festival announced the award winners with the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature going to UNSETTLED, directed by Tom Shepard, Grand Jury Prize for Best International Narrative Film going to THE GROUND BENEATH MY FEET, directed by Marie Kreutzer, and the Grand Jury Prize for Best U.S. Narrative Feature went to JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK, directed by Daniel Laabs.


CHANGING THE GAME, directed Michael Barnett was voted winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature, and TOP 3, directed Sofie Edvardsson won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. The Audience Award for Best Narrative First Feature (presented by HBO) went to SAINT FRANCES, directed by Alex Thompson.

Outfest Los Angeles 2019 Award Winners

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Experimental Short
FRAMING AGNES, dirs. Chase Joynt & Kristen Schilt

Documentary Short
HOW TO MAKE A RAINBOW, dir. Ryan Maxey

Narrative Short
TIME & AGAIN, dir. Rachel Dax

Documentary Feature
CHANGING THE GAME, dir. Michael Barnett

Narrative Feature
TOP 3, dir. Sofie Edvardsson

Narrative First Feature (presented by HBO)
SAINT FRANCES, dir. Alex Thompson

GRAND JURY AWARDS

Documentary

Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short
SWEETHEART DANCERS, dir. Ben-Alex Dupris

Documentary Feature Special Mention
WHY CAN’T I BE ME? AROUND YOU, dirs. Harrod Blank, Sjoerd Djik

Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature
UNSETTLED, dir. Tom Shepard

International Narrative Shorts

International Narrative Short Film Special Mention
I (dirs. Hallfridur Thora Tryggvadottir, Vala Omarsdottir) – Iceland

Grand Jury Prize for Best International Narrative Short
THRIVE (dir. Jamie Di Spirito) – United Kingdom

U.S. Narrative Shorts

U.S. Narrative Short Special Mention
SKIN, dir. Audrey Rosenberg

Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Narrative Short
BABY, dir. Jessie Levandov

International Feature Film

Special Mention for Performance
Juan Barberini, Ramon Pujol, and Mia Maestro in END OF THE CENTURY (dir. Lucio Castro) – Argentina

Special Mention for Directing
Lisa Zi Xiang for A DOG BARKING AT THE MOON  – China

Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance in an International Narrative
Juan Pablo Olyslager in TEMBLORES (TREMORS) – Guatemala

Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, International Narrative
Santiago Loza for BRIEF STORY FROM THE GREEN PLANET — Argentina

Grand Jury Prize for Best International Narrative Film
THE GROUND BENEATH MY FEET, dir. Marie Kreutzer

U.S. Narrative Feature

Special Mention for Ensemble Performance
MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPERS, dir. Kestrin Pantera

Special Mention for Directing
Rhys Ernst, ADAM

Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenwriting
TU ME MANQUES, dir. Rodrigo Bellott

Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance
Nicole Maines in BIT

Grand Jury Prize for Best U.S. Narrative Feature
JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK, dir. Daniel Laabs

Special Programming Awards

Emerging Talent
PIER KIDS, dir. Elegance Bratton

Freedom
QUEERING THE SCRIPT, dir. Gabrielle Zilkha 

Artistic Achievement
VISION PORTRAITS, dir. Rodney Evans

Corporate Awards

Vimeo Staff Picks Award
CATHERINE OPIE, B. 1961, dir. Sini Anderson

Hyundai’s Vision for Better Award
WONDER, dir. Javier Molina

HBO Award (Best Narrative First Feature Audience Award)
SAINT FRANCES 

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