SQFF24 Jury and Audience Awards

jury awards

Youth Jury Award - Best Youth Short

LA SERENATA, Adelina Anthony

 LA SERENATA portrays young queer love and nontraditional masculinity in a young Mexican-American boy with incredible sensitivity and emotion. Even though the protagonist's family can't completely understand his experience, they work to actively unlearn homophobia and support him in finding his voice— and when the representation doesn't already exist, they help him create his own love song. In a society and media landscape that so often portrays queerness as defined by intolerance and violence, it is affirming to see a representation of coming out and falling in love upheld by support and tenderness.

Best Short Film Award

OUTDOORING, Maxwell Addae

OUTDOORING traverses cultural tradition and the need for family acceptance with beautiful acting and an outstanding narrative

 

Most Innovative Short Film Award

PONYBOI, River Gallo & Sadé Clacken Joseph

PONYBOI creates a dream scape of survival and escape composed of beautiful cinematography portraying the story of an intersex person who imagines a new life.

Honorable Mention: Documentary Feature Film Award

UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA, Tom Shepard

We would like to give an honorable mention to Tom Shepard’s UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA. This documentary was emotional and powerful. Like CHANGING THE GAME, UNSETTLED documents the fragility and persistence of the human spirit during a political climate that is challenging the ability to exist and thrive freely. We felt honored to bear witness to the stories presented. 

Best Documentary Feature Film Award

CHANGING THE GAME, Michael Barnett

The documentary jury has chosen Michael Barnett’s CHANGING THE GAME as the winner of this year’s SQFF Best Documentary Feature Film Award. This highly compelling documentary made a deep impression on us with its diverse and earnest character portraits. We were not only moved by the strength of the students, but reminded of the utter necessitation of continuing to advocate for trans visibility and rights- especially in our current political climate. A topical and must-see film, the students and families in Changing the Game won our hearts. They should not have to fight to exist freely and authentically alone. 

Best Narrative Feature Film Award

SONG LANG, Leon Le

This film accomplishes a tremendous cinematic feat by capturing the beauty of Vietnamese opera, complexity of the cinematography, and deeply intimate emotional connection. Song Lang’s exquisite imagery is matched by the tension and frustration of love only partially realized. The transformation of self is a central theme that is weaved in through the streets of Saigon and the Cai Luong opera house. Congratulations Leon Le for sharing SONG LANG with the world.


audience awards

Favorite Narrative Feature Film Award

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, Celine Sciamma

 

Runner Up, Favorite Narrative Feature Film Award

BILLIE AND EMMA, Samantha Lee

 

Favorite Documentary Feature Film Award

FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO, Daniel Karslake

 

Runner Up Favorite Documentary Feature Film Award

I AM ANASTASIA, Thomas Ladenburger

 

Favorite Gay Short Film Award

THE ONE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET, Morgan Jon Fox

 

Favorite Lesbian Short Film Award

GIRLS WEEKEND, Kyra Sedgwick

 

Favorite Transgender Short Film Award

DANCE, DANCE, EVOLUTION, Jules Rosskam

 

Runner Up, Favorite Transgender Short Film Award

MILLER & SON, Asher Jelinsky