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Festival Awards

Frameline presents multiple awards during the annual Festival. Most awards are handed out onstage on the final in-person day of the Festival.

Audience Awards

Since 1984, our audience has been responsible for selecting the Audience Awards for Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature — as well as audience prizes for short films and episodics at different points in the Festival history.

Outstanding Narrative Feature ($1,500): The Origin of Evil (L’origine du mal), directed by Sébastien Marnier

Outstanding Documentary Feature ($1,500): Who I Am Not, directed by Tünde Skovrán

Click here to see all the past Frameline Audience Award winners.

Outstanding First Feature Award

For over 20 years, Frameline has presented the annual juried Outstanding First Feature Award to a notable narrative feature from an emerging voice in LGBTQ+ cinema. Since 2020, Frameline is proud to partner with the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle to jury this award.

First Narrative Feature Award ($2,500): 20,000 Species of Bees (20.000 especies de abejas), directed by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

Honorable Mention: Big Boys, directed by Corey Sherman

Jury Awards

Outstanding Narrative Short ($750): The Cutest and Funniest Animals in the World (Os Animais Mais Fofos e Engraçados do Mundo), directed by Renato Sircilli

Outstanding Documentary Short ($750): Ob Scene (Ob scena), directed by Paloma Orlandini Castro

Outstanding Documentary Feature ($2,500): Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project directed by Michèle Stephenson & Joe Brewster
Honorable Mention for Documentary FeatureEvery Bodydirected by Julie Cohen

Click here to see all the past Frameline Juried Award Winners.

Out in the Silence Award

The Out in the Silence Award is an annual honor conferred to an outstanding film project that highlights brave acts of visibility, especially in places where such acts are rare and unexpected because of the dominant systems that make it difficult for LGBTQ+ people to live authentic lives.

The Out in the Silence Award is generously underwritten by longtime film community members Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson.

Out in the Silence Award ($5,000): All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White, directed by Babatunde Apalowo

The Colin Higgins Youth Filmmaker Grants

The Colin Higgins Youth Filmmaker Grants are awards presented by Frameline centered on providing LGBTQ+ youth filmmakers with financial support to continue their work. Eligible applicants must be LGBTQ+ filmmakers under the age of 25 who currently reside in the United States.

Up to three cash prizes of $15,000 each will be awarded in conjunction with the Frameline Film Festival. Frameline will curate up to 10 short films from which the Colin Higgins Foundation (CHF) Board will select up to three grantees.

The Frameline47 grantees are:

Daisy Friedman (age 19) for As You Are
Karina Dandashi (age 24) for Cousins
Emilio Subía (age 24) for Ñaños

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