We are proud to announce the winners of the 13th Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival audience and juried awards:


Best Narrative:
Ready? OK! directed by James Vasquez

Best New Director:
Tom Gustafson, Were the World Mine

Best Documentary:
She’s a Boy I Knew directed by Gwen Haworth

Best Local Film:
for my wife… directed by David Rothmiller

Wolfe Best Short Film:
Pitstop directed by Melanie McGraw

Most Innovative Short Film:
Hock Hiap Leong directed by Roystan Tan


Favorite Narrative Feature
Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom directed by Patrick Ian Polk

Favorite Documentary:
for my wife… directed by David Rothmiller

Favorite Local Film:
for my wife… directed by David Rothmiller

Favorite Girls Short:
No Bikini directed by Claudia Morgado Escanilla

Favorite Boys Short:
The Window directed by Phillipe Gosselin & Ronald Regina

And the winners of the Indie-Fest Online Film Competition:
Feature Film: Out in India: A Family’s Journey directed by Tom Keegan
Short Film: Tranny McGuyver directed by Vaughn Verdi

The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival presents selected filmmakers with audience favorite and juried awards.

Audience Favorite Awards

Audience Favorite Awards are determined by ballots completed by attendees during the festival. The awards presented on Closing Night are:

  • Favorite Narrative Feature
  • Favorite Documentary Feature
  • Favorite Boys Short
  • Favorite Girls Short
  • Favorite Local Film

Three Dollar Bill Cinema Awards for Excellence

Three Dollar Bill Cinema Awards for Excellence are chosen by our esteemed panel of jurors and include a cash prize. Three juries will convene to select the following awards:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Documentary Film
  • Best New Director
  • Best Local Film (sponsored by Oppenheimer Cine Rentals)
  • Best Short Film (The Wolfe Best LGBT Short Movie Award)
  • Most Innovative Short Film.

The winner of the Best Short Film will receive a special cash prize from Wolfe. The winner of Best Local Film will receive a rental certificate for a camera package courtesy of Oppenheimer Cine Rentals.

Oppenheimer Cine Wolfe Video

Features Jury

Heather Davis
Heather Davis is an archivist/librarian who divides her time between work, consulting on the Zine Archive Publishing Project at Richard Hugo House, and volunteering at the Pacific Northwest Lesbian Archives.

Cresdan Maite
Cresdan Maite is Managing Director for Gender Spectrum Education and Training. He worked for Three Dollar Bill Cinema from 2001-2005, while completing his master’s degree in public administration from Seattle U. He’s one of the founders of Translations, the Seattle Transgender Film Festival.

Carl Spence
Carl Spence is currently the Artistic Director of the Seattle International Film Festival Group and Lead Programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  Before his tenure at these two organizations he was Director of Programming at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Documentary Jury

Van Diep
Van Diep is the executive director of the Northwest Asian American Film Festival, set for February 26-March 1, 2009, and former Arts Manager for Jack Straw Productions.

Alvin Fritz
Alvin Fritz is the long-time GLBT Studies Coordinator for the UW Libraries and an avid film lover. Alvin believes film is the art of our time, and is happy GLBT film is now out and PROUD!

Dale Nash
Dale Nash has been screening documentary films for the Seattle International Film Festival for the past 10 years. He worked as a film buyer for eight years for Landmark Theatres, and is co-owner of the vast Teegarden-Nash Collection of film memorabilia.

Shorts Jury

Patrick Baroch
Patrick Baroch, a documentarian and currently Regional Outreach Coordinator (Northwest Region) for the Independent Television Service, is a graduate of NYU Tisch School for the Arts and has been employed by Orion and Sony Pictures.

Chris J. Russo
Chris J. Russo has directed numerous films that have played the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and festivals worldwide. She co-wrote the screenplay for DIRECTED BY DOROTHY ARZNER, which she is set to direct.

Anil Vora
Anil Vora helped curate the queer films shown at this year’s Independent South Asian Film Festival. A longtime community activist, he is also an actor and playwright.