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.
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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.
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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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