Outfest 2003 Announces Film Competition Winners

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Outfest 2003 Announces Film Competition Winners
Mon, Jul 21, 2003, 04:07 PM PT

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) – Outfest, celebrating its 21st birthday in 2003 as one of the world?s largest gay and lesbian film festivals, concluded this banner year with its 9th Annual Film Competition Awards Presentation last night (July 20) at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre.

Hosted by Bruce Vilanch, the ceremony boasted celebrity presenters including Paris Barclay, Malcolm Getz, Laura Innes and Judith Light. Following the Awards Night ceremony was the Los Angeles debut screening of ?Prey For Rock & Roll,? starring Drea de Matteo, Lori Petty and Shelly Cole.

?Outfest celebrated its birthday in high style,? said Stephen Gutwillig, executive director, ?and we had more people joining us than ever before.”

Grand Jury Awards went to “The Mudge Boy” for outstanding American narrative feature, “Porn Theatre” for outstanding international narrative feature, “The Opposite Sex, Rene?s Story” for outstanding documentary feature and ?Girls Will Be Girls” for outstanding screenwriting. Olympia Dukakis garnered outstanding actress in a feature film for “The Event” while the trio of Jack Plotnick, Clinton Leupp and Jeffery Roberson tied for the outstanding actor in a feature film award for ?Girls Will Be Girls.?

“Latter Days” won the HBO outstanding first narrative feature award, which also included a $5,000 cash prize, courtesy of HBO. Other Audience Awards went to “Goldfish Memory” for outstanding narrative feature, “D.E.B.S.” for outstanding narrative short film, “Where the Girls Are” for outstanding documentary short film and “Radical Harmonies” for outstanding soundtrack. “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” and “Laughing Matters” tied for outstanding documentary feature.

Winners of the Special Programming Awards were “Tarik El Hob (The Path of Love)” for the Freedom Award, Tracy Flannigan in “Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary” for emerging talent and “Decay of Fiction” for artistic achievement.