Philly gay & lesbian fest honors to ‘Lovers,’ ‘Lily’

'April's Shower,' 'Latter Days' take aud awards

The 2003 Philadelphia Intl. Gay and Lesbian Film Fest has announced winners of its ninth annual event, which wrapped Tuesday.

International jury named Spanish helmer Eloy de la Iglesia’s “Bulgarian Lovers” and Japanese helmer Sachi Hamano’s “Lily Festival” for gay male and lesbian feature kudos, respectively.

U.S. helmer Yvonne Welbon picked up the juried Kodak Award for documentary for her pic “Sisters in Cinema.”

Audience awards were swept by U.S. filmmakers.

Feature nods went to Trish Doolan for “April’s Shower” (lesbian) and C. Jay Cox for “Latter Days” (gay male).

Latter pic also claimed the feature prize at L.A.’s Outfest the previous day.

Sharing the audience docu kudos were Bennett Singer and Nancy Kates’ “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” and Joan E. Biren’s “No Secret Anymore: The Times of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon.”

Juried short film nod went to Tony Osso’s “Stand By” and Angela Robinson’s “D.E.B.S,” while audience short picks were Mike Lemon’s “Touch” and Lee Friedlander’s “The Ten Rules.”

Biggest ticket seller was P.J. Hogan’s “Unconditional Love,” from New Line. Pic was shelved for theatrical release and will preem Aug. 2 on cabler Starz Encore.

Fest drew over 26,500 viewers and closed with screening of “Party Monster,” with writer-directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato as well as star Wilson Cruz attending.

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