Audience Award Winners

Winners of the Audience Awards

Audience Awards

Since 1984 our audience has been responsible for selecting the Best Feature FilmBest Documentary Film, and Best Short Film of each Festival. Starting in 2018, we also introduced the Best Episodic category.


Past Winners: 

2018 Feature: For Izzy
           Documentary: The Rest I Make Up
           Episodic: Giving Me Life (In the Land of the Deadass)
           Short: Masks

2017 Feature: God's Own Country
           Documentary: Chavela
           Short: Curmodgeons

2016 Feature: Pushing Dead
           Documentary: Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
           Short: Vámonos

2015 Feature: Margarita, With a Straw
           Documentary: Game Face
           Short: Adrift in Sunset

2014 Feature: The Way He Looks
           Documentary: Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank
           Short: Black is Blue

2013 Feature: Reaching for the Moon
           First Feature: Free Fall
           Documentary: The New Black
           Short: DIK

2012 Feature: Cloudburst
           Documentary: Call Me Kuchu
           Short: Tsuyako

2011 Feature: Tomboy
           Documentary: Gen Silent
           Short: Bald Guy

2010 Feature: The String
           First Feature: Undertow
           Documentary: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

2009 Feature: Patrick, Age 1.5
           Documentary: Training Rules
           Short: Lucha

2008 Feature: XXY
           Documentary: Pageant
           Short: No Bikini

2007 Feature: Four Minutes
           Documentary: Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey and The Polymath
           Short: Pariah

2006 Feature: The Gymnast
           Short: Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road

2005 Feature: Transamerica
           Documentary: Blood, Sweat, and Glitter
           Short: In My Shoes - Stories of Youth with LGBT Families

2004 Feature: Brother to Brother
           Documentary: Drag Kings on Tour
           Short: Mind if I Call You Sir?

2003 Feature: Yes Nurse! No Nurse!
           Documentary: Brother Outsider
           Short: Butch Mystique

2002 Feature: The Business of Fancydancing
           Documentary: Radical Harmonies
           Short: The Parlor

2001 Feature: Iron Ladies
           Documentary: Scout's Honor
           Short: No Dumb Questions

2000 Feature: Big Eden
           Documentary: Paragraph 175
           Short: Crush

1999 Feature: Chutney Popcorn
           Documentary: Living With Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100
           Short: The Boy Next Door

1998 Feature: Edge of Seventeen
           Documentary: Dear Jesse
           Short: Sleep Come Free Me
           Animation: Dirty Baby Does Fire Island

1997 Feature: Lilies
           Documentary: Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End
           Short: Twisted Sheets

1996 Feature: Stonewall
           Documentary: It's Elementary
           Short: Margaret Star: A Fall From Grace

1995 Features: Costa Brava and Parallel Sons
           Documentary: Fiction and Other Truths: A Documentary About Jane Rule
           Shorts: Party Favor and Trevor
           Video: Coming Out of the Iron Closet

1994 Features: Only the Brave and World and Time Enough
           Documentary: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
           Shorts: Carmelita Tropicana and A Friend of Dorothy
           Video: Sis: The Perry Watkins Story

1993 Feature: Grief
           Documentary: One Nation Under God
           Shorts: Intrepidissima and Deaf Heaven and Chicks in White Satin
           Video: Homoteens

1992 Feature: Twin Bracelets
           Documentary: Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker
           Shorts: A Certain Grace and The Dead Boys Club
           Video: (In)Visible Women

1991 Feature: Together Alone
           Documentary: Thank You and Goodnight
           Short: Give AIDS the Freeze
           Video: American Fabulous

1990 Feature: Oranges are not the Only Fruit
           Documentary: Paris is Burning
           Short: Flames of Passion
           Video: Tongues Untied

1989 Feature: The Heart Exposes
           Documentary: Out in Suburbia
           Short: Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall
           Video: Out on Four

1988 Feature: Friends Forever
           Special Award: The Days of Greek Gods
           Short: Bertrand Missing
           Video: The War Widow

1987 Feature: Law of Desire

1986 Feature: Westler: East of the Wall
           Documentary: The AIDS Show

1985 Feature: Broken Mirrors
           Documentary: The Times of Harvey Milk
           Short: David Roche Talks to You About Love

1984 Feature: Angel
           Documentary: Improper Conduct