What We Have takes best Canadian feature at Inside Out

The 25th Inside Out LGBT Film Festival awarded three prizes to Canadian filmmakers, in feature, short and "emerging" categories.
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist

The winners of the 25th Inside Out LGBT Film Festival awards were announced yesterday at a brunch ceremony in the TIFF Bell Lightbox, recognizing the best of the best in LGBT cinema.

Awards were given in three categories: Audience Awards, Canadian Juried Awards and International Juried Awards.

In the Canadian juried awards category, Maxime Desmons’ What We Have won the Best Canadian Feature Award, Hole directed by Martin Edralin was voted Best Canadian Short and Tricia Hagoriles won the Emerging Canadian Artist Award.

The three were recipients of $2,000, $750 and $2,500 cash prizes, respectively.

The three members of the Canadian jury were producer and director Janine Fung, international programmer for Hot Docs and Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival director Kathleen Mullen, and active supporter of LGBT causes Courtnay McFarlane.

In the audience awards, the Best Narrative Feature Award was picked up by U.S. film Fourth Man Out, directed by Andrew Nackman. Elsewhere in the category, Michiel Thomas-directed Game Face won the award for Best Documentary Film and In the Hollow, directed by Austin Lee Bunn, won the Best Short Film Award.

The annual festival, established in 1991, focuses on international LGBT cinema. This year’s 11-day festival featured a new “Spotlight on Canada” segment, which included Sophie Deraspe’s The Amina ProfileGuidance by Pat Mills, In The Turn from Erica Tremblay, Transfixed from Alan Kol and Maureen Bradley’s Two 4 One.

Canadian rom-com Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (pictured), directed and written by John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler, was the festival’s closing film. It was acquired for U.S. distribution ahead of its screening in Cannes by Wolfe Releasing.