Tina Mabry’s “Mississippi Damned” has won the grand jury award for outstanding dramatic feature at Outfest, while Nacho G. Velilla’s “Chef’s Special” won the audience award for dramatic feature.
Grand jury acting awards went to Laura Harring in “Drool” and Derrick L. Middleton in “Rivers Wash Over Me.” The jury’s screenwriting trophy was given to E.E. Cassidy for “We Are the Mods,” which also won the audience award for first U.S. dramatic feature.
Kudos were announced Sunday, the final day of the 11-day event. The fest included 181 films (65 features and 116 shorts) from 25 countries.
The Special Programming Award for Freedom went to “On These Shoulders We Stand,” directed by Glenne McElhinney, while the special programming award for artistic achievement went to “Greek Pete” by writer-director Andrew Haigh. The special programming award for emerging talent was given to helmer George O’Donnell for docu “College Boys Live.”
Audience award for documentary short film went to Mark Payne for “Get Happy” while the audience kudo for docu feature was awarded to Greta Olafsdottir and Susan Muska for “Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement.” Audience award for dramatic short film was given to Christian Tafdrup for “Awakening.”
Jury award for documentary short went to Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman for “First and Loveliss” while the jury kudo for the dramatic short was awarded to Lee Mi-rang for “The Bath.” Nicole Opper won the jury prize for docu feature for “Off and Running.”
Jury award for international dramatic feature went to Stian Kristiansen for “The Man Who Loved Yngve.”
The fest was set to close Sunday night with Adam Salky’s debut feature “Dare” starring Emmy Rossum, Alan Cumming and Zach Gilford.