The Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival on Monday unveiled winners for its just-wrapped 31st edition, bestowing its Audience Award for narrative feature on Ümit Ünal’s Love, Spells and All That and its best first feature honor on Marley Morrison’s Sweetheart.
A total of 143 films including 33 features and five episodic series unspooled during the Ontario-based virtual festival that ran May 27-June 6, with a total of 70% of this year’s selected films by women/trans/non-binary directors.
Love, Spells centers on the reunion 20 years later of two woman who were separated from their families after a love affair as teens; one believes they were reunited because she cast a love spell on the other. Sweetheart is a comedic coming-of-age story about a socially awkward girl (Nell Barlow) forced to go on a family vacation only to discover after a chance meeting with a local lifeguard that she has a chance to fall in love for the first time.
Other festival winners revealed today include Bobbi Jo Heart’s Fanny: The Right to Rock, which won Best Canadian Feature, and Alexander Liu’s A Sexplanation which took the Documentary Feature Audience Award.
The festival also said that Roberto Fatal’s project Do Digital Curanderas Use Eggs In Their Limpias? won the annual “Pitch, Please” contest. They receive a $5000 cash production grant sponsored by Netflix and a $10,000 in-kind package sponsored by Sim International, EP Canada, Bedtracks, Final Draft, Lewis Brinberg Hanet and Behind the Scenes Services.
Here’s the full list of winners:
LOVE, SPELLS AND ALL THAT
Director, Ümit Ünal
Director, Alexander Liu
NOOR AND LAYLA
Director, Fawzia Mirza
Canadian Juried Awards
Emerging Canadian Artist
PITOC E ICINAKOSIAN
Directors, Jos-Onimskiw Ottawa-Dubé and Gerry Ottawa
Best Canadian Short
YOU WILL STILL BE HERE TOMORROW
Director, Michael Hanley
Best Canadian Feature
FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK
Director, Bobbi Jo Hart
International Juried Awards
Best First Feature
Director Marley Morrison
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