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Out Film LGBTQ Film Festival Winners

By Charlotte Robinson, July 02, 2021

Out Film CT the Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival recently wrapped their 34th hybrid festival of features & short films presented both in-person screenings at the historic Cinestudio on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford & via virtual streaming. “Summer of '85” was named winner of the 2021 Audience Award for Best Feature Film & “Sheer Qorma” was named winner of the 2021 Audience Award for Best Short Film. Jaime Ortega Out Film CT Co-Director stated, "By offering a hybrid format, we were able to allow audiences to comfortably enjoy films in a theatre again as well as at home. We are thrilled with the audience response & are delighted to share the results of their voting as well as the festival jury's selections as the best of the festival." Already narrowed down from over 500 submissions, audiences & the jury had the opportunity to view & vote on over 100 full-length films & shorts. As in previous years audience members were asked to rate their enjoyment of the films they watched but this year the Audience Award results come from a combination of paper voting at the cinema & electronic balloting online. Out Film CT honored the films with 2021 Audience & Jury Awards. Filmmakers will share $3,500 in prize money. Shane Engstrom Out Film CT Co-Director concluded, "Five out of the six Audience & Jury Best Film selections went to films from outside the United States. It's a testament to the importance & awareness of the Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival that we received so many strong international submissions this year, movies from over 30 countries spanning 6 continents." 

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