‘Cowboys’ and ‘Welcome to the USA’ Take House Prime Prizes at NewFest LGBTQ Movie Pageant (EXCLUSIVE)

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“Cowboys and “Welcome to the USA” had been awarded the highest prizes on the 32nd annual NewFest LGBTQ Movie Pageant.

Prime honors went to author and director Anna Kerrigan for “Cowboys,” who took house the Grand Jury Prize for narrative characteristic, whereas director Assel Aushakimova’s “Welcome to the USA” gained the Grand Jury Prize for worldwide characteristic.

Director Posy Dixon’s “Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story” took house the documentary characteristic prize, and “Queenie” director Cai Thomas gained for New York quick.

The announcement was made at this time on the competition’s digital award ceremony by NewFest Govt Director David Hatkoff and Director Of Programming Nick McCarthy.

The jury members — Rhys Ernst (filmmaker, “Adam”), Dino-Ray Ramos (editor, Deadline), and Isabel Sandoval (filmmaker, “Lingua Franca” — who nominated “Cowboys” stated, “By way of its heat, its nuanced method to ethical complexity, and its delicate path, this movie gave us the feels. This movie’s fantastic forged was directed with generosity and charm, and its characters defied stereotypes about each trans points and small-town America.”

The NewFest 2020 Documentary Options jurors had been Tre’vell Anderson (journalist); Whembley A. Sewell (Editor-In-Chief, them); Barbara Vasconez (Applications Supervisor, NYWIFT; Documentary Programmer, New York Latino Movie Pageant) stated, “We don’t typically get to listen to the tales of our trans elders by means of their very own phrases, and to know that now we have a residing elder whose creativity and presents have been given the big-screen therapy is awe-inspiring. For uplifting an ongoing story of Black queer and trans historical past, our Grand Jury Prize goes to Keyboard Fantasies.”

Worldwide Function jurors Ed Gonzalez (Co-Founder & Movie Editor, Slant Journal); Jazz Tangcay (Selection) and Kathy Tu (The New York Instances) stated, “We want to award the Worldwide Function prize to ‘Welcome to the USA,’ directed by Assel Aushakimova. This was a movie that we admired, that we felt was a movie within the lineup that actually confirmed us one thing about homosexual lives in a nook of the world that we’ve by no means seen earlier than in movie. Including to that, there may be such a magnificence to the way in which that Assel shot the film, from stunning intimate close-ups to lengthy takes, following Alia who wins a inexperienced card to America.”

The Pageant additionally launched three new juried cash-prize awards as a part of NewFest’s new Black Filmmakers Initiative, which was created in help of the Black Lives Matter motion and in recognition of the necessity to create alternatives for queer Black artists and amplify their voices. The Rising Black LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Award, determined upon by a jury of Black LGBTQ+ movie trade professionals, was awarded to a few separate administrators whose quick movies screened throughout NewFest’s 32nd version of The New York LGBTQ Movie Pageant.

The three filmmakers who obtained the Rising Black LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Award, which is accompanied by a $1,000 money prize and Vimeo Professional Account, had been author/director/producer Blanche Akonchong for MERCURY AFROGRADE, co-writers/producers/administrators Magnificence Bratton & Jovan James for BUCK, and author/director Terrance Daye for SHIP: A VISUAL POEM.

The Initiative’s Directorial Function Debut Black LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Award, introduced earlier this week, awarded by NewFest programmers to a Black LGBTQ+ filmmaker whose directorial characteristic debut is being offered at NewFest’s 32nd version of the competition, went to filmmaker Olivia Peace for TAHARA. The prize comes with a $2,000 money prize and a Vimeo Professional Account.

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