Guide to the Festival

The Frameline37 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 Frameline37 AT&T Audience Awards offer cash prizes to the favorite Feature ($1000), Documentary ($1000) and Short ($500) in the festival. Audience members will be able to vote via text message from any text-enabled mobile device.

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 Frameline37 online description, download the Frameline37 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).

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 Frameline37!
Click here to download a list of all text voting codes at Frameline37.

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 LGBTQ 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 Jamie Babbit.

A career-long, out-and-proud queer and feminist independent film director, producer, and screenwriter, Jamie Babbit has also directed a staggering number of female-centered television shows — indeed, she has
blossomed into a reigning diva of modern episodic television.

The independent film world first saw Babbit’s work in the short films Frog Crossing (1996) and Sleeping Beauties (which debuted at Sundance 1998). In 1999, she exploded onto the national LGBT cinematic stage with her now iconic first feature, But I’m a Cheerleader (which debuted as Frameline24’s Closing Night Film). This classic queer comedy brilliantly blends hilarity with awkward teen romance, and speaks profoundly to society’s homophobia and confining gender roles. Her short Stuck (2001) premiered at Sundance in 2002 and won a jury prize. Her second feature film, The Quiet (2005) was a thriller about a family with dark secrets. Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2006 and Frameline31’s Closing Night Film) was created with an all-female cast, crew, and soundtrack. This year we are delighted to be showing her newest feature film, Breaking the Girls (2012), a sexy and twist-filled lesbian thriller in which a murder plot goes off the rails.

Babbit’s prolific television career has nurtured her numerous high-quality independent film projects. What’s consistent in all of her work? You will always find a female, often an easily identifiable lesbian, or a woman with an unidentified sexuality—front and center, with a very clear voice—resisting societal or gender norms.

For far too long, femaleness, and in particular, queer femininity, has been pushed to the margins; Babbit will have none of that in her work. A glance at the highlights of her TV credits illustrates how often Babbit’s work reads as authentically feminist at its core: Go On (a lesbian wedding episode), Drop Dead Diva (many episodes, including a hilarious lesbian prom episode with Wanda Sykes), Smash, Revenge, United States of Tara, The Middle, Cougar Town, The L Word, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, Ugly Betty, Alias, Nip/Tuck, and Popular (a provocative “coming out as bi” episode).

In the late ’90s, Babbit emerged as part of a new group of Hollywood directors who have been out for their entire careers, and she continues to make LGBTQ films and television episodes. She has long been a trailblazer, promoting the visibility of queer women in entertainment and the media, and consistently bringing LGBTQ stories to film festivals and to the mainstream. For all that she has directed, written, and produced in the cinema and on television, we are proud to present Jamie Babbit with this year’s Frameline Award.