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Alan Cumming and More Among LA's Gay & Lesbian Film Festival OUTFEST 2012 Winners

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Outfest 2012, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media, has announced the award winners of its 30th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

The nation’s leading LGBT festival and the oldest continuously running film festival in the city ran from July 12th to 22nd. Outfest 2012 closes tonight with Brian Dannelly’s “Struck by Lightning,” starring Chris Colfer. Allison Janney, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and Ashley Rickards.

Special Programming Awards

Special Programming Award for Freedom
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I AM A WOMAN NOW, Directed by Michiel van Erp

For illuminating the stories of the first generation of transwomen who forged their paths with grace, courage, and fabulousness and the pioneering surgeon who changed history for transpeople everywhere, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Freedom goes to I AM A WOMAN NOW, directed by Michiel van Erp.

Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement
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SHE MALE SNAILS, Directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark

For its bold imagination, provocative storytelling, striking imagery and unshakable emotional impact, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement goes to Ester Martin Bergsmark, director of SHE MALE SNAILS.

Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent
Sponsored by Katten Muchin Rosenmann LLP

Marialy Rivas, Writer/Director

For crafting a stylistically fearless film to match the excitement, danger and chaos that can erupt with youthful sexual exploration, the Outfest Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent goes to Marialy Rivas, the writer/director of YOUNG & WILD.

Audience Awards

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film
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A FORCE OF NATURE, Directed by Barbara Kopple

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film
Sponsored by Wolfe Video

THE FIRST DATE, Directed by Janella Lacson

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film
Sponsored by Greenhouse Studios

I STAND CORRECTED, Directed by Andrea Meyerson

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