Margarita grabs audience award at Inside Out Festival


Films about an indispensible nanny, self-love and queer punk history drew prizes at this year’s Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, which wrapped its 22nd edition with a closing night party and awards ceremony Sunday.

Margarita (pictured), directed by Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert, took the $1000 RBC Royal Bank Award for best feature film or video, chosen as the audience’s favourite feature film.

Canadian Juried Awards were given to Canadian films made in the last three years that screened at the festival.

Self-love trans short Narcissus, directed by Coral Short, took the HARDtv Hot Shorts Award.

The Charles Street Video Award for best up-and-coming Toronto film and filmmaker, an award presented to a local first-time filmmaker and worth $500 in editing time at Charles Street Video, was presented to director Genady Gavleshov for Transitions.

And the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist, a $750 cash award presented to an emerging Canadian filmmaker or video artist, was given to director Chase Joynt for Akin.

She Said Boom!: The Story of Fifth Column, directed by Kevin Hegge and which had its world premiere at this year’s Hot Docs International Film Festival, took the $1250 EP Canada/Canada Film Capitol Award for best Canadian film or video.

And at Realscreen’s Factual Entertainment Awards 2012, Arab Rap, produced by Orbi-XXI Productions for TV5 Canada, took the award for best non-fiction one-off or special.

The Factual Entertainment Awards, presented at Realscreen West in Santa Monica, recognize the best in factual entertainment programming around the world.