Outfest Los Angeles has announced the winners of the 31st L.A. LGBT film festival. The nonprofit organization hosts the oldest continuously running film festival in the city in order to foster, support and promote LGBT stories on screen.
The 2013 awards are grouped in three categories: special programming awards, audience awards and jury awards.
"Bridegroom," directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (creator of the TV series “Designing Women”), took the audience award for documentary feature. It previously won the audience award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The film, based on a YouTube video that went viral, examines the subject of marriage equality through the tragic story of a young gay couple that never got to marry before one of them, Tom Bridegroom, died in 2011 after falling off the roof of an apartment building while taking pictures.
After his death, Bridegroom's partner, Shane Bitney Crone, found that he had no rights when it came to dealing with the aftermath of Bridegroom's death. A year later he posted a 10-minute video called "It Could Happen to You," which eventually attracted 3.4-million views.
The audience award for dramatic feature went to "Reaching for the Moon," made by the Brazilian director Bruno Barreto. The biopic chronicles the 15-year lesbian love affair between the American poet Elizabeth Bishop and the vivacious Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.
See the full list of winners after the jump:
Special programming award for freedom
"Deepsouth," directed by Lisa Biagiotti
Special programming award for artistic achievement
"Animals," directed by Marçal Forés
Special programming award for emerging talent
Diego Ruiz, writer-director-actor
Audience award for documentary short
"Facing fear," directed by Jason Cohen
Audience award for dramatic short
"Wini + George," directed by Benjamin Monie