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The Frameline35 AT&T Audience Awards

Since 1984 our audience has been responsible for selecting the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Short Film of the Festival. Putting the power in the audience's hands, the Frameline35 AT&T Audience Awards offer cash prizes to the favorite Feature ($2000), Documentary ($2000) and Short ($1000) in the festival. Audience members will be able to vote via text message from any text-enabled mobile device.

Frameline35 AT&T Audience Award, Best Documentary
Gen Silent director Stu Maddux

Frameline35 AT&T Audience Award, Best Feature
Tomboy director CĂ©line Sciamma

Frameline35 AT&T Audience Award, Best Short
BaldGuy (Skalla Mann) director Maria Block

If you love a film, simply text the film's voting code to 55333 within six hours of the start of the screening. To find the film's voting code, look on-screen after the show, check out the film's Frameline35 online description, download the Frameline35 iPhone App, or ask a staff member or a volunteer. And remember you get just one vote per film per mobile device. Standard messaging rates may apply (a small price to pay to support LGBT filmmakers).

Click here to download a list of all text voting codes at Frameline35.

Frameline's Juried Awards

Frameline has a long history of supporting outstanding films and filmmakers, and we continue that tradition with our juried awards for First Feature and Best Documentary of Frameline35!

Frameline35 Outstanding Documentary Feature
Wish Me Away directors Bobbie Birleffi & Beverly Kopf

Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature
Hit So Hard director P. David Ebersole

Frameline35 Outstanding First Feature
The Evening Dress director Myriam Aziza

Honorable Mention for the First Feature
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same director Madeleine Olnek

The Frameline Award

Established in 1986, the Frameline Award is given every year to a person or entity that has made a major contribution to LGBT representation in film, television, or the media arts. Past honorees range from film historian and author Vito Russo, to Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan, avant-garde lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer, drag artiste extraordinaire Divine, producer Christine Vachon, long-time leader of the Festival and the organization Michael Lumpkin, and producer/distributor Marcus Hu.

This year, Frameline's Board and Staff are proud to present the Frameline Award to Margaret Cho.

Comedian, actor, author, activist, and all-around entertainer Margaret Cho has described herself as many things throughout her career but perhaps none more than "outsider." It is likely this identity of outcast that has made Ms. Cho a loud and proud spokesperson for gays and lesbians, bisexuals and transgender folks, fag hags and feminists, Asian nerds and drag queens.

Born and raised on Haight Street in the 1970s, the Korean-American began professional standup at age sixteen as a distraction from teen bullying, and by her early twenties she was appearing with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Arsenio Hall, and Bob Hope. Her big break came with the 1994 ABC television series All-American Girl, a groundbreaking show featuring one of the earliest representations of an East Asian family on a major network. It seemed Margaret had truly made it.

But with All-American Girl came a loss of creative control and Cho's resulting personal struggles with addiction, eating disorders, and profound self-doubt. What should have been a professional highpoint was instead the death of Margaret Cho as a mainstream performer and the wondrous birth of the fabulous Margaret Cho - queer icon and no-holds-barred independent artist. The new Cho proudly came out as bisexual, wowing us with her standup performances-turned-films I'm The One That I Want (Frameline24), Notorious C.H.O. (Frameline26), Cho Revolution (Frameline28), and Margaret Cho: Assassin (2005). Margaret was still a household name, but this time in a different kind of household.

Stating that she learned politics from Harvey Milk, Cho is what we wish for all of the children of San Francisco to become - open, honest, accepting, and a true activist. She is an outspoken proponent of marraige equality and trans rights, and has been a Frameline presence for years, appearing in Bam Bam and Celeste (Frameline29), Girltrash! (Frameline31), Rick & Steve, the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World (Frameline29), and this year's concert film Cho Dependent (Frameline35).

For all that she has done for the queers of the world, and all she will undoubtedly continue to do, we are proud to honor Margaret Cho with this year's Frameline Award.

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